BoomerMania captures audience attention from pre-show sound cues and never lets go. Filled with excellent performances and creative design, BoomerMania lovingly looks back at the 1950s–1980s and nostalgically tells its story through parody lyrics and vignettes that successfully capture the period’s zeitgeist.
The entire cast is excellent, giving energetic, passionate readings and knockout singing, backed by a lively stage band. Daniel Amerman and Sarah Weismer give particularly charming performances.
The production is a little uneven; with the first half extremely focused and driving while the second act flags somewhat, throwing in too many moods.
The script features some hilarious lines as well as poignant ones, with writer/directors Debbie Kasper and Pat Sierchio also penning hilarious and accurate parody lyrics to songs of the period. The songs really pull in the audience, but meander in the second act. They become medlies rather than standalones, and seem to focus more on future decades than the actual time frame supposed to be covered.
Kasper and Sierchio keep the show a whirlwind of movement, thanks to the excellent choreography by Edward Carignan. The directors make great use of downtime for set changes with miscellaneous video clips that visually capture the look and feel of the era.
The whole show wonderfully reflects the spirit and style of these decades through design, songs, and dialogue. Creative work enhances the production with colorful, spot-on costumes, pinpoint sound cues and selections, and simple, detailed props.
BoomerMania is an electric, entertaining evening at the theatre.
BoomerMania plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through September 25 at the NoHo Arts Center located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $45. Contact (866) 811-4111 to reserve tickets or visit www.boomermaniathemusical.com.