By Bonnie Goldberg

The 1970’s was a decade marked by pleasure seekers, years Tom Wolfe dubbed the “Me Decade,”  where divorce and the single parent family increased, the feminist movement marched ahead, the first test tube baby was born, the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe vs. Wade, and the average person earned $7500.

The 70’s were also  the time for mood rings and lava lamps, pet rocks and Rubik’s cubes, when Three Mile Island and the Love Canal scared us because of contamination threats, withdrawal from Vietnam, the resignation of Richard Nixon due to the Watergate scandal, an economic recession, concern for the environment, an Arab-Israeli War and an escalating price of oil, unemployment highs and civil right advances.

An Infinite Ache
‘Everything Is Beautiful' with the cast of 8-Track, The Sounds of the 70's at Downtown Cabaret Theatre
(Left to right: Liana Young, Teddey Brown, Nik Rocklin, Tonya Phillips)

It was the beginning of the computer age, movies like “Rocky,” “Jaws” “The Godfather” and “Love Story” packed the box office, Mark Spitz and Nadia Comaneci thrilled us at the Summer Olympics,  we tasted out first Big  Mac with a side of fries and wore bell bottoms, fringed jackets, earth and platform shoes.

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre of Bridgeport is offering you a great evening of all the music that made the 70’s so special:  tunes by Barry Manilow, Helen Reddy, The Doobie Brothers, Marvin Gaye and The Carpenters and more!   Forget the politics and the social concerns and just fall in love with the music all over again.

Conceived and directed by Rick Seeber, “8-Track the Sounds of the 70’s” will play weekends at the Downtown Cabaret until Sunday, May 25. Four high energy and super talented stars Teddey Brown, Denise Estrada, Nik Rocklin and Liana Young belt out hits like “We Are Family,” “I Write the Songs,” “YMCA,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “I Am Woman” and dozens more.  These guys will “light up your life”  and prove once again that everything is beautiful in its own way.”

For tickets ($35), call the Downtown Cabaret, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport at 203-576-1636.  Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m.  Don’t forget to pack a picnic supper to enjoy at show time.  Guarded parking is available.  Take exit 27A off 1-95, to exit 2 Golden Hill Street.

You’ll want to “tie a yellow ribbon” around Teddey, Denise, Nik and Liana and take them home to be your personal juke box for all the great hits of the 70’s.  Disco down to the Downtown Cabaret!

This will appear in the Middletown Press on May 8, 2008.

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