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By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | August 27, 1995
The Plaids are on their way to that big cocktail lounge in the sky. But before the fictitious singing group of the early 1960s can move on to the next world, it is given the chance to perform the show it never got to do in life.That show is the premise of "Forever Plaid," a musical comedy playing through Oct. 8 at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.Decked out in the uniform of the early '60s singing group -- white dinner jackets and combed hair -- the Plaids perform the music that defined a generation -- "Catch a Falling Star" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing."
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2010
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre celebrated a successful $200,000 fundraising campaign and the start of its 45th season with a reception for about 150 donors and friends before the opening performance of "Forever Plaid." The play reprises the ASGT's 2008 production, which was shortened when an injured cast member had to be replaced and several shows were rained out. The funds raised will be used to complete the first phase of the restoration of its circa-1800 building. With the four 2008 cast members reprising their roles, "Forever Plaid" is a pleasant return to 1950s pop music, when groups like the Four Aces and the Four Freshmen topped the charts.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | March 28, 1991
''Forever Plaid,'' the off-Broadway musical currently being done at Washington's Ford's Theater, doesn't have much book, but it hardly matters.It's the songs that count in this instance, and because the show is mostly that, songs, it is almost inevitable that you like it. Of course, you have to appreciate the music. It's not rap, and it isn't acid. These are the very mellow songs of the '30s, '40s, '50s and early '60s, numbers made popular by Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, The Four Aces, The Four Lads, The Four Freshmen, Tennessee Ernie Ford and others.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 16, 2008
Forever Plaid, the latest musical from Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, is not a tribute to Scotland but a salute to 1950s pop music. While some in the audience will recall family Sundays with The Ed Sullivan Show, others will rediscover the pre-Beatles age when gentle guy groups like the Four Aces and Four Freshmen climbed to the top of the charts. Debuting in 1990 off-Broadway, Stuart Ross' Forever Plaid weaves '50s and '60s pop music into a story of four high school friends who sang at local celebratory events and dreamed of making it big. On their way to their first big gig on Feb. 9, 1964, their car was broadsided by a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' debut on the Sullivan show.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 27, 2001
What is there to dislike about Forever Plaid? Only one thing: the title. It's not much help if you want to know what the show is about. So let's clear it up: The musical - running at Toby's Dinner Theatre concurrently with Annie - is a charming and sentimental salute to the pop music of the 1950s and early '60s, centering on a vocal group called The Plaids. These four singers, the audience learns, had spent years playing small-time dates. One night, armed with a new act, they were driving to an important gig that they hoped would push them into stardom.
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May 17, 2007
Hip-hop symphony The lowdown // Hear the Soulful Symphony as it performs the world premiere of conductor/composer Darin Atwaters hip-hop symphony, Paint Factory. The show, also featuring dance company Soul Movement and Baltimore-based rappers M.E.P., aims to challenge common perceptions of hip-hop while presenting a heartening message of unity, hope and respect. If you go // Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.Tickets are $15-$55.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 15, 1996
Totem Pole Playhouse, the summer theater in Fayetteville, Pa., concludes its season with the off-Broadway hit "Forever Plaid," a salute to the close-harmony guy groups of the 1950s and 1960s, continuing through Aug. 25.Created by Stuart Ross, "Forever Plaid" is about a fictitious quartet whose members were killed in a car accident on the way to their first big job. Now, through a hole in the ozone layer, or wish fulfillment, or whatever, they return to...
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June 9, 2000
Theatre on the Hill , a professional summer theater company in residence at Western Maryland College, has announced its 2000 season, which will include two family matinee favorites. The schedule for the company's 18th season offers "Forever Plaid," "The Mousetrap," "The Rink" and matinee performances of "Snow White" and "Stuart Little." "Forever Plaid," a musical for all ages, opens the season June 16. The Plaids, four young singers who were killed in an auto accident on the way to their first big gig, are brought back to life to fulfill their stage dreams.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | April 29, 1992
Three musical revues -- the 1991 Tony Award-winning "The Will Rogers Follies," "And the World Goes 'Round" and "Forever Plaid" -- will form the cornerstone of the 1992-1993 season at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.The season, which could be described as a year in revue, will also include Tom Dulack's off-Broadway comedy "Breaking Legs," the only non-musical in the lineup so far, although three more shows have yet to be announced.Referring to the four offerings as "feel-gooders," Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic, said yesterday, "I'm coming to the conclusion it's really not wrong to escape once in a while and have a good time.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | April 29, 1992
Three musical revues -- the 1991 Tony Award-winning "The Will Rogers Follies," "And the World Goes 'Round" and "Forever Plaid" -- will form the cornerstone of the 1992-1993 season at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.The season, which could be described as a year in revue, will also include Tom Dulack's off-Broadway comedy "Breaking Legs," the only non-musical in the lineup so far, although three more shows have yet to be announced.Referring to the four offerings as "feel-gooders," Hope Quackenbush, managing director of the Mechanic, said yesterday, "I'm coming to the conclusion it's really not wrong to escape once in a while and have a good time.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2007
Hip-hop symphony The lowdown // Hear the Soulful Symphony as it performs the world premiere of conductor/composer Darin Atwaters hip-hop symphony, Paint Factory. The show, also featuring dance company Soul Movement and Baltimore-based rappers M.E.P., aims to challenge common perceptions of hip-hop while presenting a heartening message of unity, hope and respect. If you go // Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.Tickets are $15-$55.
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By Kim Hart and Kim Hart,SUN STAFF | June 16, 2005
Starting tonight, plaid is back in fashion. The four tartan patterns may clash a bit, but the four voices that wear them don't. The quartet of Baltimore singers brings back to life the members of Forever Plaid, a band of high school guys who love to sing doo-wop and barbershop jingles. Here's the story: On their way to pick up snazzy plaid tuxedos for their first big gig, they are killed when their car is hit by a bus full of teenagers going to see the Beatles' debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 27, 2001
What is there to dislike about Forever Plaid? Only one thing: the title. It's not much help if you want to know what the show is about. So let's clear it up: The musical - running at Toby's Dinner Theatre concurrently with Annie - is a charming and sentimental salute to the pop music of the 1950s and early '60s, centering on a vocal group called The Plaids. These four singers, the audience learns, had spent years playing small-time dates. One night, armed with a new act, they were driving to an important gig that they hoped would push them into stardom.
NEWS
June 9, 2000
Theatre on the Hill , a professional summer theater company in residence at Western Maryland College, has announced its 2000 season, which will include two family matinee favorites. The schedule for the company's 18th season offers "Forever Plaid," "The Mousetrap," "The Rink" and matinee performances of "Snow White" and "Stuart Little." "Forever Plaid," a musical for all ages, opens the season June 16. The Plaids, four young singers who were killed in an auto accident on the way to their first big gig, are brought back to life to fulfill their stage dreams.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 15, 1996
Totem Pole Playhouse, the summer theater in Fayetteville, Pa., concludes its season with the off-Broadway hit "Forever Plaid," a salute to the close-harmony guy groups of the 1950s and 1960s, continuing through Aug. 25.Created by Stuart Ross, "Forever Plaid" is about a fictitious quartet whose members were killed in a car accident on the way to their first big job. Now, through a hole in the ozone layer, or wish fulfillment, or whatever, they return to...
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 6, 1996
Totem Pole Playhouse, the scenic summer theater in Fayetteville, Pa., has launched its 1996 season with Tom Ziegler's comedy "Home Games," directed by Baltimorean Carl Schurr, who is also the theater's artistic director.Traci Lyn Thomas stars as a truck dispatcher whose father is an ex-New York Yankee.Here's the rest of Totem Pole's season: "Murder by Misadventure" (June 18-30), "Lend Me a Tenor" (July 2-14), "January Thaw" (July 16-28), "Beau Jest" (July 30-Aug. 11) and "Forever Plaid" (Aug.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 6, 1996
Totem Pole Playhouse, the scenic summer theater in Fayetteville, Pa., has launched its 1996 season with Tom Ziegler's comedy "Home Games," directed by Baltimorean Carl Schurr, who is also the theater's artistic director.Traci Lyn Thomas stars as a truck dispatcher whose father is an ex-New York Yankee.Here's the rest of Totem Pole's season: "Murder by Misadventure" (June 18-30), "Lend Me a Tenor" (July 2-14), "January Thaw" (July 16-28), "Beau Jest" (July 30-Aug. 11) and "Forever Plaid" (Aug.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 16, 2008
Forever Plaid, the latest musical from Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, is not a tribute to Scotland but a salute to 1950s pop music. While some in the audience will recall family Sundays with The Ed Sullivan Show, others will rediscover the pre-Beatles age when gentle guy groups like the Four Aces and Four Freshmen climbed to the top of the charts. Debuting in 1990 off-Broadway, Stuart Ross' Forever Plaid weaves '50s and '60s pop music into a story of four high school friends who sang at local celebratory events and dreamed of making it big. On their way to their first big gig on Feb. 9, 1964, their car was broadsided by a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' debut on the Sullivan show.
NEWS
By Rona Hirsch and Rona Hirsch,Contributing Writer | August 27, 1995
The Plaids are on their way to that big cocktail lounge in the sky. But before the fictitious singing group of the early 1960s can move on to the next world, it is given the chance to perform the show it never got to do in life.That show is the premise of "Forever Plaid," a musical comedy playing through Oct. 8 at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.Decked out in the uniform of the early '60s singing group -- white dinner jackets and combed hair -- the Plaids perform the music that defined a generation -- "Catch a Falling Star" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing."
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