“Forever Plaid,” the heartwarming, juke box musical, returns to the Show Palace stage Friday for a summer run, weekends through Aug. 24. This charming musical, with book by Stuart Ross, and musical and vocal arrangements by James Raitt, appeals to all ages, and if you haven’t yet seen it – it is a hoot.
Steven Flaa once again directs and choreographs the show, after doing so in 2008, when he also appeared as Sparky. He played Sparky in the 1999, and 2001 productions at Show Palace. Overall, Flaa has been involved in the show more than 20 times in various venues, including the Jaeb Theatre in Tampa. Bill Cusick is Musical Director.
Even if you did not grow up in the 1950s, you probably still know and like songs like “Day-O”, “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Three Coins In the Fountain,” “Catch a Falling Star,” and “Gotta Be This or That,” to name but a few of the 29 musical hits in the show.
“Forever Plaid” is a peek back to a time when life seemed a whole lot less complicated, and music had layers and layers of harmony. With classic songs and a hilarious script, it is a show that people see over and over again.
“Forever Plaid” is about four lifelong friends in the l950s who practice their tight harmonies and synchronized dance steps in their garage. But their musical aspirations as the next big guy band are dashed when, traveling to their first big gig, “The Plaids” collide with a bus filled with Catholic school girls who are on their way to the Ed Sullivan show to see The Beatles perform.
The play begins when The Plaids are given one more chance to come back from the afterlife to perform their original show and fulfil their dream of musical glory. Of course, it doesn’t matter that the year is now 2014. The audience is carried right along with them back to the music and culture of the l950s.
Dick Baker, most recently seen in The Mikado at Freefall Theatre, plays Frankie. Brendan Cataldo is making his Show Palace debut, as Smudge. Cataldo has appeared in New York with Gallery Players in Macbeth, and has numerous regional theatre credits. Matty Colonna, is Sparky, and returns to the Show Palace stage. He was Melchoir in “Spring Awakening,” and Danny Zuko in “Grease.” Nick Rishel plays Jinx. His theatre credits include The Boy in “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat,” and Peter Cratchit in the National Tour of “A Christmas Carol.” Accompanying them are Bill Cusick on the piano and Irv Goldberg on bass.
“Forever Plaid” is a very funny show guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and have you humming along to these nostalgic pop tunes of the 1950s for days.
Tickets are available at the theatre, 16128 US 19 in Hudson, by calling the box office at (727) 863-7949 or online at www.howpalace.net.
Doors open on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. for cocktails and dinner with the show starting at 8 p.m The Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. and doors open at 1 p.m. for cocktails and dinner.
Dinner and Show is $49.50 plus tax, gratuity not included. Show only is $38.45 plus tax. Call for children’s pricing.