THIS IS THE 60's at McCallum Theatre - A Blast to the Past, 10/18
The 20th Century's most compelling decade will come roaring back to life as This Is The 60's lands at The McCallum Theatre for one performance, Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 pm. More than a stage show, and much more than a concert, This is the ‘60s takes the audience on a cultural journey celebrating the 50th anniversary of so many milestones in news, pop culture, and music history in a unique multimedia blend of live music, historical film clips, dance, fashion, and animation. From the early days of the space program, through the hysteria of Beatlemania, into the darkness of the Vietnam War, and the shining optimism of the Woodstock era, This is the ‘60s merges that entire turbulent decade into a cohesive and enthralling stage production.
Featuring thirty-five songs that united an entire generation, This is the ‘60s features the music of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Mamas & Papas, The Fifth Dimension, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane, and many more. Performed live with no pre-recorded samples, the two hour-plus show features the skill and versatility of seven seasoned performers whose note-for-note recreations of classic songs promises to keep audiences captivated.
This unique show is the brainchild of producer/director Jim Duffy, a veteran documentary filmmaker, author and musician who has created programming for Discovery Network and other national media outlets. “I combined the two elements I love most: music and storytelling,” explains Duffy. “This is the '60s takes the audience on a journey—one that’s designed to entertain, educate, and stimulate."
Interspersed with the music and dance are vintage film clips featuring major news events, pop culture fads, and period TV commercials that carry the audience back to the ‘60s. While many of the clips bring laughter and reminiscence, others are more poignant, such as the muffled drum cadence of President Kennedy’s funeral procession and the escalating war in Vietnam. The film clips bring new depth and understanding to songs like Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and Dion’s “Abraham, Martin & John.”
McCallum Theatre presents This Is The 60's on October 18 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $55, $45, $35 and $25 and are available online at www.mccallumtheatre.com or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-2787. The McCallum Theatre is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, Calif.