“FLASHBACK” A GREAT VISIT TO THE 60’S
By Bonnie Goldberg
If you like to live in the past or just revisit it from time to time, the Seven Angels Theatre has a trip down memory lane that is music nirvana. Grab your lava lamp, mini skirt and platform shoes and boogey down to Waterbury for a taste of the 1960’s when you see “Flashback A Trip Through the 60’s - A Retro Cabaret” jumpin’ and jivin’ until Sunday, June 22.
The place is groovy and stuffed with the Motown, rock ‘n roll, pop, blues, folk and psychodelic hits that made the charts and the personalities that created the hits.
The cast is young, most weren’t even born until the 1980’s, and they’re packed with high voltage energy. Come watch T. J. Davis, Nya Griggs, Jillian Schochet, Sheila Coyle, Kaia Marguerite, Cory Gibson, Christopher Brasfield, Kara Bocchi, Billy DiCrosta, Stuart Williams and Clint Carter, with teens Mandy Thompson, Dean Amato, Jillian Wipfler, Jenita Richards and Brittany Kehrer.
Before you know it, you’ll be doing “The Twist,” playing “The Name Game” and Flashback eopardy, listening to a medley by the Monkees and Tina Turner, walking with Nancy Sinatra in her shiny white boots, enjoying moments with LuLu and the Beatles and bopping to “My Boy Lollipop” and “King of the Road.”
More than forty great hits are interspersed with historical tidbits about the time and the people who made them so memorable, like John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the events that defined them, like the Vietnam War and the first man to walk on the Moon.
For tickets ($32.50-47.50, students $10), call Seven Angels Theatre, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Plank Road, Waterbury ( exit 24 W or 25 E, off I-84), at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. ; Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday,
Revisit a time when the first heart transplant was completed, an era of flamboyance and excess, when anti-war movements and civil rights protests were rampant, an era known as the swinging sixities and “swing” with a super young cast who are bringing the decade to live musically.
This review will appear in the Middletown Press on June 19.