Is there a better time to enjoy a cheerfully silly varietal show than the holiday season?
Methinks, not. The troupe that calls itself Forever Plaid, with original vocal and musical arrangements by James Raitt, and directed and staged by Stuart Ross, have brought a “Speical Holiday Edition,” Plaid Tidings, to the York Theatre Company through December 27th.
Plaid Tidings fulfills all the necessary for a variety show, set in the mid 20th century, à la the Zenith TV sets those of us who remember that far back knew. It is especially satisfying when the Plaids–John-Michael Zuerlein as Smudge, Bradley Beahen as Frankie, Jose Luaces as Sparky, and Ciaran McCarthy as Jinx– sing. The musical numbers under the direction of James Followell on piano are easy listening in the best possible sense.
Some highlights from the production include Bésame Mucho, rendered by Jinx with his castmates on background; Hey There. Stranger in Paradise and Fever, all beautifully rendered tributes to the originals. The James Riatt arrangement of Jamaica Farewell provides an opportunity for a big, well-lit production number.
Plaid Tidings was originally produced at the Pasadena Playhouse, for which it was written.
For more information about Plaid Tidings, and the York Theatre Company, please visit http://www.yorktheatre.org.