Friday January 21, 2011

 

 

Entertainment  

Forever Plaid Revue

Acclaimed Stuart Ross "guy band" 50's style musical hits the Cultch  

Submitted by KellyAnne TeBrinke

ake a trip to Fiftiesville with the hilariously charming hit musical, Forever Plaid, and cheer on Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie as they take to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre stage Friday, January 28 at 8pm.

 

Perfect for kids, parents and grandparents alike, this incredibly successful show has become an absolute blockbuster at the Centre Box Office, selling all 586 tickets, along with an extensive waitlist.

Anyone who has an appreciation for vocal harmony will absolutely love this show, exclaims Musical Director Heather Burns, and on top of chart-topping tunes, is a fantastic comedic element, making for a very light, laugh-out-loud show.

For many people the music will evoke fond memories of the 1950ís and for others, it will be like discovering this musical genre for the very first time. Either way, you are sure to find yourself humming along to the hit parade of classic songs including Heart & Soul, Chain Gang, Catch a Falling Star, Three Coins in a Fountain and many more.

This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager singers who return to life one last time to perform the show they never had the chance to do. Singing in the closest of harmony while executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the Plaids are a guaranteed smash. This show is just the right mix of great voices, winning nostalgia, and good clean fun.

Seeing Forever Plaid is an absolute must, and attendees will be ever so grateful for making theses tickets a top priority! Make the next Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society show your top priority; purchase tickets today for Billy Bishop Goes to War taking the stage Valentineís Day, by calling the Centre Box Office at 604.391.SHOW(7469) or visit the friendly agents Mon-Fri 9:30am-9:00pm, Sat & Sun 9:30am-5:00pm. Tickets are also available online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca 

 

Historical Background Information

Forever Plaid is an off-Broadway musical comedy written by Stuart Ross in New York in 1990 and now performed internationally. The critically acclaimed show is an affectionate revue of the close-harmony guy groups (e.g. The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen) that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950ís. Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids. This quartet of high-school chumsí earnest dreams of recording an album ended in death (literally and indeed, symbolically) in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatlesí American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory.

The songs they sing during the course of the musical include: Three Coins in the Fountain; Undecided; Gotta Be This or That; Moments to Remember; Crazy 'Bout Ya, Baby; No, Not Much; Sixteen Tons; Chain Gang; Perfidia; Cry; Heart and Soul; Lady of Spain; Scotland the Brave; Shangri-La; Rags to Riches; and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.

The original cast included Jason Graae (Sparky), who performed at the Cultural Centre Gala Opening in September; Stan Chandler (Jinx); David Engel (Smudge); and Guy Stroman (Frankie). The musical opened May 20, 1990 at Steve McGraw's in New York City after engagements at The West Bank Cafe, The American Stage Company and The Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Musical arrangements, vocal arrangements and musical direction were by James Raitt; the show was written, directed, and choreographed by Stuart Ross.

 

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