If you loved the sassy girls in the “Wonderettes,” you’re gonna fall for the boys in this sequel production just as passionately! This is another “movin’ and groovin’” surefire hit show! Book seats while you can still get them, and get yourself prepared to party!
Life Could Be A Dream
HOLLYWOOD- A fabulously entertaining nostalgic musical “blast” to the 1960s… we loved every zany moment of this infectiously lovable “doo-wop” show! The collective brainstorm of the same writer/director, and producers, who dreamed up the 1950s-themed smash hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (which is currently knocking ‘em dead” in New York), this one is every bit as delightful, charming, touching, and funny! A “feel good” theatrical triumph from the opening title song, “Sh-boom- Life Could Be A Dream,” to the classic closing number, “Unchained Melody,” the audience had a ball! Laughing, cheering, applauding, and “mouthing” the words to the 24 beloved 60’s hit tunes… 100 people joined spirits as a group, while taking their own personal “trips” down memory lane. So much fun! I, for one, can’t wait to see it again! We are once again in “Springfield, USA.” It is 1960, and a trio of old Springfield High buddies with a dream of fame and fortune, as “The Crooning Crabcakes,” are rehearsing to audition for a local singing contest on “Big Whopper Radio.” Objective… Hitting the “big-time!” Working daily on their routine in the downstairs family rumpus room of Denny (a very cool set by Tom Buderwitz), the mania unfolds! His mother (unseen and un-credited) is a non-stop riot, nagging him on the intercom with a voice that could shatter glass! Needing a local business to sponsor the $50 entrance fee, Wally contacts Eugene’s high school “heartthrob” Lois, to elicit her father’s support. She arrives to “check out the talent” with Denny, a mechanic at her dad’s garage, who also happens to sing… and a quartet is born! All four of the guys have “leaping libidos” for the gorgeous Lois, but only one will win her heart. This delightful musical raucously rocks, under the playful and well-paced direction of the playwright, Roger Bean! The laughs are endless… The harmonies are spine-tingling, and the songs and dance moves are a joy! (Kudos to musical director, Michael Paternostro, Cricket Myers for sound, and Shon LeBlanc for fun period costumes.) Every single cast member sings their “doo-woppin’” tails off… you’re going to love all of them! Now, let’s meet the cast: Daniel Tatar plays Denny, the feisty leader of the group, with cocky charm, Ryan Castellino plays Wally, the church choir vocalist, with wide-eyed innocence, Doug Carpenter plays Skip, the “hunky” mechanic, with sizzle, Jim Holdridge is screamingly hilarious as the nerdy Eugene, and Jessica Keenan Wynn is a showstopper as Lois! This is a flawless young cast, offering five distinctly different singing voices… yet blending with awe-inspiring magic! Favorite musical moments for me included “The Lovin’ Lois Medley,” combining “Devil Or Angel,” “Only You,” “Earth Angel,” and “I Only Have Eyes For You,” as each singer in turns, shines in spot-lit solo performances. Also “swoon-able” were all four of the boys, chillingly singing “You’ve Got To Give A Little!” If you are old enough to remember to 60’s, you will probably recognize every song… but even younger audiences who don’t will have a rollicking good time! This is a fun-loving frolic… good for whatever ails you! Running through Sept. 27th (Thursdays through Sundays) at The Hudson Mainstage – 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Call 323-960-4412.
F.Y.I. – Shakespeare in the park at the Buena Vista Library
A wonderful theatrical outdoor “family freebie” will take place this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 15th and 16th) staring at 6pm. For the sixth year, “Shakespeare At Play” offers the community a chance to experience the brilliance of “The Bard,” free of charge! Under the capable direction of Steve Patterson, 15 fully costumed, professional actors will play 37 characters in a 90-minute version of “Richard III,” centered on the ruthless world of power and politics, at 7pm. Opening the festivities at 6pm will be an exciting presentation called “The Big Road,” based on various Mexican short stories. There will be songs, dialogue, and dance performances, offered by “ballet Folklorica Mexico Azteca.” So grab Grannie, the kids, and a picnic basket… and enjoy a spectacular neighborhood event! (No booze please!)
Speaking of the neighborhood, have you checked out this local Italian treasure yet? (I told you all about it recently…) It is quite a special place! I took my young granddaughter in to get the “kiddie pizza opinion,” and she loved it! (Kids get so influenced by the big pizza T.V. advertisers…) Take the whole family in soon… new businesses in these shaky times need a boost to get started, and this is our neighborhood! (Corner of Pass and Olive.) It has a “down-home” vibe and offers delicious Italian “Old Country” recipes that will thrill your culinary cravings!
Back next week with more “chat” from Pat!