‘Forever Plaid’ A Musical Journey Down Memory Lane

Forever-Plaid_2.jpg‘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. 

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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