A Broadway in Bartlesville Production to be Held

Experience the beautiful four-part harmonies of “The Plaids” in Forever Plaid when the musical extravaganza comes to the Bartlesville Community Center on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Join Jinx, Sparky, Francis and Smudge in this musical comedy that centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash on the way to their first major concert. Now all are miraculously revived for second chance to fulfill their biggest dream and perform the show that never was.

Forever Plaid showcases the upbeat music made popular in the 1950s by artists and groups such as Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, The Four Lads and The Ames Brothers and includes such hits as “Catch a Falling Star,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.” This hilarious production is fun for the entire family.

Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid is directed by Robert Randle, who has been the associate director for Ross on many productions around the world, including the holiday hit and sequel Plaid Tidings. “When most of us think of the 1950s, we think of Rock n’ Roll, greasers, hot rods, Elvis, Annette, Fabian, D.A. haircuts and teenage rebellion. But there was a ‘flipside’ to this era – the side of harmony, innocence and the sincerity of dreams. It was a time when every family worked hard to fulfill the American dream,” remarked Randle.

Three of the stars of Forever Plaid made their Barter debut in Barter Theatre’s 2009 production and are reuniting for this national tour. With numerous Broadway, regional theatre and television credits, Kevin Greene (Francis), Steven Douglas Stewart (Sparky) and Chris Vaughn (Smudge) lend their incredible vocal and performing talents that will have you singing along. Joining them will be Byron DeMent (Jinx) along with Scott Guthrie (swing), Lee Harris (piano) and Garrett Jones (bass).

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled American musical performed by a classic American theatre.

Forever Plaid is the third of five exciting shows in the Broadway in Bartlesville! 2010-2011 season. The Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority would like to thank the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and local sponsors for grant support which make this series possible. Local sponsors include 21st Sensory; 66 Federal Credit Union; Ken and Diana Adams; ARVEST Bank; Brewer, Worten and Robinett; CableOne; ConocoPhillips; Examiner-Enterprise; Green Country Village; Keleher Outdoor Advertising; —; Musselman Abstract Company; Osage Federal Bank; Price Tower Arts Center; Patrick and Louise Roark; Dave and Mary Alice Sigmon and United Linen.

Tickets for this and other Broadway in Bartlesville! shows can be purchased at the Box Office on Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm, by phone at 918-336- or online at www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.

Updated 12-29-2010

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