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Show Palace's '50s and 60s Revue' puts new spin on oldies

Just in time for the start of school, when everyone is waxing nostalgic about "the good ol' days," the Show Palace Dinner Theatre is launching the newest version of one of its most popular shows: The All New Fabulous 50s and 60s Revue.

"The high energy 11-member ensemble cast creates a non-stop kaleidoscope of tunes, featuring the chart-topping hits of both the '50s and '60s," said Jennifer Mara, marketing director of the newly formed Show Palace Entertainment production company, which is doing the show.

Longtime theater actor, writer and producer Jason Tucker (LTM Productions) is writer and director of the show. Tucker's credits span 20 years in musical theater throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Dancer Lacey Vazquez, who wowed audiences with her multiple dance styles in the musical Swing!, is choreographer for the show.

The first act re-creates the New Year's Eve 1959 broadcast of the classic television show, Your Hit Parade, Ms. Mara said. Emcee Dale Badway (national tour of Bye, Bye Birdie) will recall the hits of Buddy Holly, Dave Brubeck, Ritchie Valens and Connie Francis as the cast performs a series of medleys and skits that typify that decade.

Act two slides into the '60s, with beach party songs, the British Invasion and a look to the future in "A Decade of Dreams." It includes clips from songs made famous by the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, Bob Dylan and more.

Eight of the cast members are making their Show Palace debuts, and three are Show Palace veterans. Returning are Kristina Huegel (Chrissy in New York Nights), Justin Lore (Tommy in NYN) and Edwin Watson (Everett in Swing!).

Newcomers are Bela Aquino (Salerno Entertainment), Alexa Baray (Frost School of Music), Jillian Prefach (Players Theatre in New York City), Laurie Sutton (Off-Broadway in Wonderful Town); Ricky Cona (Stageworks Theatre), Aaron James Darr (American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York), Nick Orfanella (Oklahoma Opera and Music Theatre Company), and Badway.

Award-winning designer Tom Hansen is fashioning sets and lights and coordinating the technical, production and artistic teams. Gerald Michaels is sound designer.

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Dinner and show

The All New Fabulous 50s and 60s Revue, matinees and evenings Aug. 24 through Sept. 23 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50; show only, $38.45, plus tax and tip, for adults; $24.95 and $19.95 for ages 12 and younger. (727) 863-7949 or toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

Show Palace's '50s and 60s Revue' puts new spin on oldies 08/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:01pm]
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