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Four young singers killed in a car crash find themselves miraculously revived from the dead. Since the accident happened while on the way to their first-ever big concert, they’re thrilled that they get to fulfill their dream and perform the show after all — even though now it’s more than 50 years later and they’re at International City Theatre.
What better way to start the new year than with a goofy, charming musical escape? Forever Plaid by Stuart Ross, one of the most popular and successful off-Broadway musicals in history, opens February 17 at International City Theatre. Two low-priced previews take place on Feb. 15 and 16.
Co-directed by former “Plaids” Scott Dreier and Kurtis Simmons, this ICT revival stars Jackson Hinden as Sparky, Travis Leland as Frankie, Robert Petrarca as Smudge and Nick Tubbs as Jinx. Singing in close harmony, squabbling over the smallest intonations and executing their choreography with gentle comedic abandon, the four Plaids will keep everyone smiling and humming along to some of the great pop hits of the ’50s. One of the most successful off-Broadway soundtracks ever, the crowd-pleasing score consists of unforgettable classics including “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Chain Gang,” “Cry,” “Heart and Soul,” “Rags to Riches,” "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" and many more.
While Forever Plaid may be nostalgic for some, Ross did not intend it be a walk down memory lane. He wanted to create something that everyone could relate to, not just those familiar with the music.
“It's a story about dreams living on even after you're dead,” Ross said in an interview. “The most important thing is that you have the dream. There are a lot of quasi-serious undertones besides funny, campy business.”
“I was taught the show by Stuart, and we want to stay true to his vision,” explains Dreier, who was directed by Ross for the official San Diego company, where he played Smudge for 2-1/2 years. “I’ve seen the play done numerous times in all kinds of ways. It always works, but I think it works best when it’s done the way it was intended – no gimmicks, no broad comedy, nothing over the top. Just getting back to a simpler time.”
Forever Plaid premiered in New York in 1989, where it ran for five years.
“It’s such a magical show,” Dreier says. “It just takes you away for 90 minutes.”
Forever Plaid runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 17 through March 5. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16, both at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $49 on Saturdays and Sundays, except for the Opening Night Gala on Feb. 17, for which tickets are $55 (includes a post show reception) or $125 (includes both a pre-performance dinner and post-show reception). Low-priced tickets to previews are $35. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 330 East Seaside Way in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call 562-436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.
Presenter / Producer: International City Theatre
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 562-436-4610
International City Theatre
330 East Seaside Way
Long Beach CA 90802
Long Beach & South Bay
Performance Dates: 2/15/2017 - 3/5/2017
Thurs., Fri. Sat at 8:00 pm Sun. 2:00 pm
$35 (previews) - $55 (Opening Night)
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