On a stormy night in the 1960s, four eager singers known as“The Plaids”– Sparky, Jinx, Frankie and Smudge– are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big gig. In 2014, they get one chance to return from the afterlife and bop-shoo-bop their way through classic hits like “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons” and many more. Audiences will delight in their zany, boyish squabbles and charmingly outlandish choreography as they pay an affectionate homage to the close-harmony male singing groups of the1950s, and fulfill their dreams by performing the show that never was at Parkway Playhouse, continuing through July 12 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. All performances are at the historic Parkway Playhouse located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville.
Tickets to Forever Plaid range from $12-$22 and can be purchased visiting the Parkway Playhouse website at www.parkwayplayhouse.com , or by calling 828-682-4285. Tickets are also available at the door. Parkway Playhouse offers discounts to seniors, students, active/retired military, and groups of 10 or more.
“Forever Plaid is a show that we are thrilled to be doing” commented Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director, Andrew Gall. “This is a relentlessly entertaining, funny, charming show that is filled with catchy, evocative music, and performed by a bright, talented cast; all of whom are new to Parkway Playhouse.”
Created by director/playwright Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid premiered off-Broadway in 1990. It has since become a musical-theatre phenomenon with thousands of productions across the country and two musical sequels that feature the same characters. The production features a hit-list of songs that were made popular by the close-harmony songs like “Catch a Falling Star”, “Cry”, “Perfidia”, and more.
The cast is comprised of four actors, all of whom are making their Parkway Playhouse debuts with this production and includes David Sebren a UNCG alum who hails from Asheville, NC, Steven Green, currently an undergraduate student at Mars Hill College, Nathan Singer, an undergraduate student at UNCA, and Bobby Abrahamson, a UNCA alumni who is on the professional staff of Parkway Playhouse. The tightly knit harmonies in the show were overseen by music director Kelli Mullinix. Mary Katherine Smith-Gall choreographed the nearly two-dozen songs performed in the production. Kristen Livengood, Parkway Playhouse’s General Manager, directed the production.
For more information about tickets, performances, classes, camps, auditions, and volunteer opportunities; please contact Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.