‘Forever Plaid’ premiered in New York City in 1989 and ran for five years. Since then it has been produced across the country and internationally. Having seen it twice before, I can honestly say that it has not lost its charm.
This is the story of four young singers killed in a car crash who 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. Of course it’s been more than fifty years since their demise so the group is more than a little nervous.. But no worries, they’re still at the top of their game.
Co=directed by Scott Dreier, a former ‘Plaids’ member, and Kurtis Simmons, with musical direction by Bill Wolfe, this excellent ICT production stars, Jackson Hinden as Sparky, Travis Leland as Frankie, Robert Petrarca as Smudge and Nick Tubbs as Jinx.
Singing in perfect harmony, squabbling over the smallest intonations and executing their choreograph perfectly, the Four Plaids will keep everyone entertained and even singing along to their well known cache of songs, including ‘Three Coins in the Fountain,’ ‘Catch a Falling Star,’ ‘Chain Gang,’ ‘Cry,’ ‘Heart and Soul,’ ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing’ and many more.
This is a story about living your dream even after you’re dead. ‘Forever Plaid’ written by Stuart Ross, opened on February 17th. It is not only funny and entertaining but it is extremely touching. Don’t miss it.
The International City Theatre is located at Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. To purchase tickets call 562-436-4610 or go to www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.
Ticket prices: Saturdays, 8pm and Sundays, 2pm are $49.00; Thursdays, 8pm and Fridays, 8pm, $47.00. The show plays through March 5th.