Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Plaid Tidings

Brian and I took Brian's Mom, Ann to West Seattle's Arts West performance of Plaid Tidings on Sunday.

This musical is a hilarious and heavenly swingin’ "new" holiday tradition in West Seattle. Once upon a time (in 1956), there were four wholesome and heartfelt guys who loved to sing. And so these men (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) proudly became "Forever Plaid," singing their tight harmonic renditions of the mellow tunes of the time at places such as airport lounges and mall openings.
Then, on February 9th, 1964, while on their way to pick up their custom-made plaid tuxedos, their car was struck by a school bus filled with Catholic teens on their way to see the Beatles make their U.S. television debut on the Ed Sullivan show. Those on the school bus were unharmed, but "The Plaids" were killed instantly. Now, The Plaids are transported from the ethereal cosmos to croon their tight harmonic renditions of musical hits from the ’50s and ’60s.

This show is really about the music, and it's the music and what supports it that's really the star of this show.

Great acting, singing and dancing....it was a charming Christmas show we will always remember.