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Nr 459: Forever Plaid (1989)

2 Jan

Forever Plaid
Off-broadway 1989
London 1993
Stockholm 2000

Book: Stuart Ross
Music & Lyrics: Various Artists


Once upon a time, say like in 1963, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and singing.
They rehearse in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, dreaming of becoming the next big close-harmony group like The Hi-Lo’s or The Four Freshmen. The call themselves Forever Plaid.
On their way to their first big gig – at the Airport Hilton Cocktail Bar, on February 9, 1964 – their cherry red ’54 Mercury collide with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The girls were fine. But the boys and their dreams of making it big and recording an album ends (symbolically, and even literally) in death.
The boys linger in limbo until the conjunction of various “astro-technical” phenomena allows them to return to Earth and perform their final concert.
Forever Plaid is that final concert.
See the boys singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and charmingly executing choreography with overzealous precision.
Will they overcome asthma, ulcers, nerves, bloody noses and forgotten lyrics?
Will they give the audience the best show ever?
Will they find the perfect chord?


Forever Plaid is an affectionate musical homage to the close-harmony ”guy groups” that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s.

This show is, as I mentioned above, just the boys final concert and they tell us their backstory between the songs.
It’s a very funny show, filled with hits from the 1950s and the early 60s.

Not deep. Not dark. No big sets. Just 4 guys, a pianist and a base player. Terrific singing – and loads of energy.
And it doesn’t get boring. I even got a little moved towards the end.
You can find a filmed version of the show on Youtube.

It was a huge hit Off-Broadway in the early 90s. It ran for over 4 years. And it gets revived ever so often.

The show even got  a sequel in 2001 called Plaid Tidings, a holiday version with modified story and songs. 

There was a Swedish production of the show in 2000. It played in an old famous dance palace in Stockholm called Nalen.


Videos:
Movie Trailer
Show Promo
Perfidia
Cry
On The Tonight Show 1992
The Four Freshmen
The Hi-Lo’s singing with Rosemary Clooney
Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Show

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