Forever four-part harmony
And it was an era when four-part guy groups harmonized their way across the airwaves, jukeboxes and hi-fis of the country. Throughout the land they would stand at the quartet of microphones, crooning a multitude of chaperoned prom-goers into dreamy romance.
They wore dinner jackets and bow ties (or perhaps cardigans and white bucks). Each move was drilled to precision. Each vocal arrangement soared to stratospheric heights of harmony. This sound crested right before rock ‘n’ roll stole the heartbeat of music across the globe.
During this time, guys across the country banded together to sing in the basement for fun. If they were really successful, they’d get to sing at weddings, conventions, proms, and country club socials. Inspired by the success of the recording stars, they made plans to zoom into careers of fame and fortune. But the musical taste of the U.S.A. was changing, and the country would not stop to listen to their dreams.
This is the story of such a group: Forever Plaid. Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie were high school friends who loved to sing. The musical is filled with songs of the era – “Sixteen Tons,” “She Loves You,” “Heart and Soul,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Rags to Riches” and “Theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'” are but a few of the gems dished out during the show.
Steve Gunderson, Kevin McMahon, George Miserlis and Rodney Peck play the high school friends. To the live piano and bass, they sing their way through the script.
“Forever Plaid” is performed at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. As musicals usually sell out, you’re advised to buy tickets early. For more information visit http://www.vilarcenter.org or call 845-TIXS.
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