Death won’t stop the mu­sic

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

get­ting a sec­ond chance at your big break from be­yond the grave. Har­mony group The Plaids aren’t go­ing to let a lit­tle thing like death get in the way of putting on a great show in Spot­light Theatre’s lat­est mu­si­cal For­ever Plaid. The story be­gins on a Fe­bru­ary night in 1964, when the group were on their way to their first ‘‘big break’’ gig at the air­port Hil­ton cock­tail bar. But the group were slammed by a school bus filled with Catholic teens on their way to wit­ness the Bea­tles make their US tele­vi­sion de­but on The Ed Sul­li­van Show and were killed in­stantly. Some­how, The Plaids are al­lowed to come back to per­form the show they never got to per­form in life – with some hi­lar­i­ous out­comes and a num­ber of catas­tro­phes. The show stars Ethan Sa­muel Jones as Frankie, Ste­wart Reeve as Jinx, Adam King as Sparky and Mark Daly as Smudge (pic­tured). Fea­tur­ing some of the great hits of the 1950s such as Three Coins in the Foun­tain, Six­teen Tons and Love is a Many-splen­dored Thing, For­ever Plaid goes back to when croon­ing was all the rage.

plays Spot­light Base­ment Theatre. It opens to­mor­row night and runs Thurs-sat, 7.30pm; Sun­day mati­nee April 22, 2pm.

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