Relive disco era, shake your groove thing at Show Palace

HUDSON — It's a blast from the past and from outer space, too, as the cast of Boogie Wonderland takes the stage for a musical review of the 1970s at the Show Palace Theater July 23 to Aug. 27.

Disco — and lots of it — is on the play-list, which includes old favorites like Disco Inferno, I Will Survive, Staying Alive and "all the classic hits you can think of," said the show's writer and Show Palace artistic director, Matthew McGee.

"Every year we like to do a musical review," said McGee, who will also do a turn on stage, perhaps under a sparkling, revolving disco ball. "We've always celebrated pop music from the '40s to the '50s to the '60s, and I thought it would be fun to do disco."

True to the genre, there will be plenty of John Travolta-type dance moves in this musical comedy that also pokes some good-natured fun at some '70s trends. Think pet rocks, mood rings and everybody reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull. There's also a nod to some TV shows (such as Match Game) and movies (Star Wars) in this pop culture celebration.

"The whole thing is set in space so it's absolutely ridiculous," said McGee, who is director and co-creator of the show. "It's so corny and it's a lot of fun and not serious at all. We even have a disco-dancing robot."

The show is not very long. "Maybe two hours and you're out," McGee said, promising lots of laughs and an opportunity for audience members to get in on the action by shaking their booties at the end of the show.

It should be a good time for anyone who pines for the days when disco was king — or for people just looking for a fun night out, McGee said. "It's a fun, frothy show."

Cast members include Sara DelBeato, Scott Daniel and Lauren Gemelli as the intrepid crew of space travelers, and Ella Glasgow, Joshua Hayes, Alex Covington, David Tanciar, Dean-Carlo Grant, Erika Scott and Christy Doherty as the citizens of Boogie Wonderland. Adrienne Bergeron vamps it up as a sexy singing and dancing robot named Babe, while McGee stars as KariZma, the leader of Boogie Wonderland.

The musical arrangements are by Stan Collins.

'Boogie Wonderland'

When: Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons and matinees on select Thursdays and Saturdays from July 23 to Aug. 27. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:45; doors open for dinner and cocktails at 6 p.m. On Sundays, the doors open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 3. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for matinees with a showtime of 1:15 p.m.

Where: Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson

How much: Tickets are $48 plus tax for dinner and show. Show only is $36.95 plus tax. Call (727) 863-7949 or toll-free, 1-888-655-7469, to reserve tickets.

Relive disco era, shake your groove thing at Show Palace 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 3:03pm]

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