Stage West Calgary - Forever Plaid

Review by Kim Cheel.

Sometimes the most simple set is beautiful. What the actors of Forever Plaid made do with 4 microphones, and a handful of props was just beautiful.

The Plaids, caught in a moment after their sudden death perform the concert they were never able to in their all-too-short lifetime. Between moments of nerves and outright hilarity, there were moments of heart.

I always considered the music of the 50s to be comforting and this entire show made me feel like I was wrapped in a weighted blanket.

Now that doesn't mean the show is sleepy, rather between the running gags (nerves-induced nose bleeds), and the amazing 3-minute run of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, what we have is a really good show.


"Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt"Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they became “Forever Plaid”. On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are broadsided and killed instantly.

It is at this moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins….

Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations, and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with an array of beloved songs and delightful patter that will keep you rolling in the aisles when you’re not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s."


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