CENTERVILLE – It’s the show of their lifetimes, and you don’t want to miss it.
An imaginitive director and fantastic cast combine to make a practically perfect version of “Forever Plaid.” Running now through Feb. 8 at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, the musical has heart, humor, depth and the kind of singing that will knock your socks off.
The musical focuses on the final performance of a male vocal group who has returned from the dead just long enough to make it through the last song. The song list features several old-time classics, including “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Catch A Falling Star” and “Heart and Soul.”
While I’ve always found the show pleasant, it’s easy to dismiss as nothing more than a glorified concert. In director Anthony Buck’s hands, however, the simple story is transformed into a touching, slightly heartbreaking look at what it means to live your dream even if the big breaks don’t come your way.
This vision is helped along by the fantastic Monday night cast. Clark Wilson, Ben Croshaw, Matthew Stokes and Jason Steed turn the singers into fully-fleshed out and sharply individualistic characters, full of their own hopes, dreams and disappointments.
I had never really processed that Croshaw and Steed’s characters are supposed to be stepbrothers, but here both actors captured that complicated bond perfectly. Stokes turns a story about a record collection into a thing of beauty, and Wilson’s entreaty to his bandmates near the end just about broke my heart.
That’s not to say the show is all seriousness. The four also have excellent comic timing, and Buck has filled the show with plenty of small but hilarious touches that make the script that much funnier.
Choreographer Liz Christensen has done the same, sprinkling each dance with tiny, delightful moments. For everyone involved, the frentic joy of “Lady of Spain” is the crowning comedic jewel.
The singing is also amazing, with all four actors filling up the theater with gorgeous, powerful sound. They’re backed by the equally impressive trio of Melanie Shore (on the piano), Jake Bills (on the bass) and Kenton Jensonon the drums.
If these guys had made any of the albums their characters dream of, I would have bought one instantly.
For tickets ot more information, call 801-298-1302 or visit centerpointtheatre.org.