CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE
Jukebox Heroes Live
BE IN JUKEBOX HEAVEN
BY BONNIE GOLDBERG
Imagine having your own personal jukebox, an automated music-playing device, stocked
with your favorites, that doesn't need to be filled with coins to get your specially selected
records. The term jukebox became popular in the 1930's, taken from the
African-American slang term "jook" which means "dance." Restaurants, especially
diners, used to feature these colorful boxes with buttons, letters and numbers to push to
pick your selection, Today Johnny Rocket retro-eateries still contain them.
You have the unique opportunity to experience a visit to Nostalgia Land when you attend
a performance of "Jukebox Heroes Live!" at the Ivoryton Playhouse until Sunday, April
13. The Mahoney Brothers, Brian, Tim and Mike, from New Jersey will produce "The
World's Greatest Musical Impersonation Show" as they portray such music idols as
Elvis, Neil Diamond, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Willie
Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Beach Boys.
The Mahoney Brothers who boast of being a "Family of 1000 Voices in One Show" sing
and play guitar, keyboard, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, flute, mandolin, harmonica and
drums. They are accompanied by Jay Swanson, Timmy Sean and Christopher Le Fevre
on bass guitar, drums and keyboard.
The Mahoney's impressive credentials include being veterans of Broadway's
Beatlemania, Dick Clark's Golden Age of Television and being original cast members of
"Legends in Concert."
The evening rocks with great impressions, like Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Ricky
Nelson's "Mary Lou," The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up, Little Susie," Jerry Lee Lewis'
"Great Balls of Fire," Elvis' "Falling in Love with You," Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," The
Beatles "Yesterday" and The Beach Boys' "Kokomo," to name a few.
For tickets ($35, $30 seniors, $20 students, 12 and under $15), call the Ivoryton
Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton (exit 3 off route 9) at 860-767-7318 or online at
www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. ; Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rediscover the jukebox that began its life in the 1890's and peaked in popularity in the
1960's as the Mahoney Brothers shake, rattle, roll and rock the rafters of the Ivoryton
Playhouse. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged.
4/3/08 MIDDLETOWN PRESS