Olney Theatre Institute Presents FOREVER PLAID, Now thru 9/15
Don't let this summer end without seeing "America's Favorite Original Boy Band"! Olney Theatre Institute presents a limited return engagement of Forever Plaid today, August 24 through September 15 on Olney Theatre Center's Historic Stage.
You only have one chance to make a first impression. Unfortunately for The Plaids, who tragically died on their way to their debut gig in 1964, that shot at stardom would have to wait! A smash hit when it debuted in 1990, Forever Plaid has been delighting audiences around the world ever since. You'll be dancing in the aisles as you follow Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie on their final chance at musical glory with songs including "Three Coins in the Fountain", "Heart and Soul," and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."
"The Plaids" include Olney Theatre Center veterans: Austin Colby (Cinderella, Spring Awakening), David Landstrom (Spring Awakening), and Chris Rudy (Spring Awakening), as well as Olney newcomer Brandon Duncan.
In addition to his work with Olney, local audiences will know Mr. Colby from his performances in Signature Theatre's productions of Spin and Lost Songs of Broadway. He has recently performed at Toby's Dinner Theatre as Link in Hairspray and Warner in Legally Blonde. Mr. Duncan just finished working on a new musical with Carleton Carpenter in Vermont, and has performed in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Kiss Me, Kate, Oklahoma!, and Arcadia among others.
Recently, Mr. Landstrom appeared in Studio Theatre's production of The Rocky Horror Show. He has also worked with Imagination Stage, Factory 449, Steel River Playhouse, Source Theatre, and Washington Savoyards. Mr. Rudy has appeared in a number of Toby's Dinner Theatre productions includingThe Sound of Music, Grease, and Chicago. He was also in the ensemble for Studio Theatre's production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Forever Plaid, written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt, will run at Olney Theatre Institute with Director/Choreographer Bobby Smith and Musical Direction by Joel DeCandido, August 24 - September 15, 2013.
Performances are today, August 24, August 31 and September 14 at 1:30pm and 7:00 pm; Sunday, August 25 at 1:30pm and 7:00pm; Sunday September 1 and 15 at 1:30pm; Thursday, August 29 and September 12 at 7:00pm; Friday, August 30, and September 13 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $25-$35. Discounts available for groups, seniors, military, and students.
Bobby Smith (Director/Choreographer) Broadway: Crazy for You. Off-Broadway: Forever Plaid (original cast), Kander and Ebb's The World Goes 'Round, and the revival of George Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing. National tours include Brigadoon and The World Goes 'Round. DC Area: Studio Theatre: A Class Act [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical], The Long Christmas Ride Home, Caroline or Change, Grey Gardens; Studio 2ndStage: Reefer Madness, [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical], Jerry Springer: The Opera; Ford's Theatre: Elmer Gantry, LiberTy Smith, 1776; Round House Theatre: A Year with Frog and Toad [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical]; MetroStage: Girl in a Goldfish Bowl, Musical of Musicals [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical], Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris[Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical]. The Kennedy Center: The Happy Prince, The Flea and the Professor; Signature Theatre: See What I Wanna See, Showboat, Company. Olney Theatre Center: The Sound of Music (Max Detweiler) [Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor], Grease (Director), Annie (Rooster Hannigan) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical], Forever Plaid (Director). He has performed with The National Symphony Orchestra; The Richmond Symphony under the direction of George Manahan, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jack Everly Conductor and can be heard on recordings of Ben Bagley's Rodgers and Hart Revisited and Resnois' Gershwin. He directed and choreographed for colleges and regional theaters across the nation including Alley Theatre, Denver Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seaside Music Theatre, Wayside Theatre.