September 12-October 12, 2014
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"Forever Plaid" shows its true stripes in this Beck Center production. It is corny, contrived and wonderfully contagious.
Director Martin Céspedes’s creative directing and choreography, the excellent talents of Shane Patrick O’Neill, Matthew Ryan Thompson, John Rhett Noble and Brian Altman, and the fine musicianship of Bryan Bird, Bill Hart and Kevin Aylward, all combine to create a most pleasurable theatrical experience in Beck’s “Forever Plaid.” It’s a relaxing, fun filled, “you’ll enjoy” it experience.
"Forever Plaid," forever returning to stages everywhere, never fails to put a smile on the faces of those who know the 1950s was more than poodle skirts and Elvis Presley. Local veteran choreographer Martin Céspedes takes the director's helm, and the result is uneven as far as the backstory banter is concerned. Fortunately, the musical staging of the crooning '50s foursome is spot on and at times better than the show's open-ended run at the Palace Theater some 20 years ago.
From start to finish, Beck Center’s production of “Forever Plaid” delights. It’s a wonderful trip down memory lane to a simpler time that the passing years have softened. You will find yourself singing along during the various familiar numbers and humming as you leave. This is a great show for the entire family to view and relate to.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
The evergreen show Forever Plaid, now at the Beck Center, brings back that era of crooning post World War II innocence. As directed and choreographed by Martin Cespedes, this is an entertaining and endearing representation of the Plaid franchise, even if some of the songs don’t fly as high as they might.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
The cast of four handle the close harmonies with aplomb, and one lucky audience member gets to play "Heart and Soul" with them, but the three minute montage of every memorable novelty act on "The Ed Sullivan Show" remains the highlight of this charming show.
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