The 60s Musical

Created by Larry Gallagher
Directed  by Fred Weiss
Florida  Studio Theatre/Keating   Mainstage
1241 Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-9000
June 2 Through  July 4, 2010

Reviewed by Marie J. Kilker


We're brought  back to an era when  girls formed  high  hair   up-dos (sometimes over soup cans) and girl groups, in roughly the same order.  But there was nothing rough about their songs, as six actress-singers prove at  FST. They go through dozens of tunes made famous by the likes of the Shangri-Las, Shirelles, Supremes.  They wear  crinolines to leather   outfits.  They imitate or  emulate songstresses like Patti  LaBelle, Tina  Turner, Carole King, Aretha  Franklin, Diana Ross, and  Janis Joplin. And what  would a tribute to the British Invasion  be without  paying homage to Petula  Clark, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield?
The performers are uniformly competent, whether  harmonizing  in  groups or  soloing. Lori Eure surprises after a few turns at  near-reticence when  she  screams  out  as  Janis  Joplin and even actually  falls into  "Ball and  Chain."  Lauren Lebowitz's  style is suited  best to the era's  early  tunes, as is Allison Couture's to  Brenda Lee hits. Laiona Michelle shakes  as "Proud Mary" while the diminutive Sadrina Renee  amazes  with  her  strong  "I  Hear a  Symphony."  Michelle Pruiett  not only sings but acts as a  presenter  of the others  and  of  facts  and  reminiscences about  the era.
Choreography by JoEllen Kuhlman   demands  frenetic   posturing,  and John Valines'  Sound is designed  to be loud, loud, loud.  Lauren Feldman's  Scenery  uses LP records  in various shapes and  label colors,  under  Micheal  Foster's  bold lighting.  Music Director John Franceschina    joins pianist   Jim Prosser  and drummer  Tony Bruno  for  very lively accompaniment .
Production  Stage Manager:  Kelli Karen.  Time:  2 hrs. w/intermission.
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