Beehive: The ’60s Musical

Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham

I bet I can guess your age by which current Mac-Haydn musical revue you like better.

By Andrew Andrews

Maya Cuevas, Kiara Hines and Julia Hajjar make up half the cast of Mac-Haydn’s production of Beehive: The 60s Musical, running concurrently with The World Goes ’Round. Original photos by Ann Kielbasa.

The 1960s is widely regarded as a decade of change in America.

Perhaps nothing reflects that change as readily as the music, from early songs about teenage girls’ frustrations with boys, to later numbers about young women’s frustrations with equality and politics.

Mac-Haydn’s production of Beehive: The ’60s Musical chronicles that progression of pop music with excerpts from over two dozen hits by female artists and groups.

Tied into a loose narration by a character named Wanda and five of her friends, the cast performs numbers from The Name Game to Make Your Own Kind of Music, interspersed with anecdotes and reminders of events that were important to a young woman coming of age over the course of the decade.

Closing out the theatre’s season, Beehive runs concurrently with another musical revue, The World Goes ’Round, and it’s even possible to attend both productions on the same day, as I’ve just done!

Ashley DeLane Burger and Angie Colonna (left), and Mia Sempertegui (front) complete the cast.

Beehive may be a musical revue, but there’s a lot more to it than just the music.

Along with what seemed like a hundred costume changes, you’ll experience period dances, recordings, projections and, of course, wigsbut surprisingly only a single beehive hairdo!

Having just been impressed by the matinee performance of The World Goes Round on the same set, I was a little let down by this one for a couple of reasons:

Firstly, whereas the earlier show’s sound was well-balanced and fully-functional, the volume of the band for this production frequently drowned out the vocals of the singers—sometimes because the microphones weren’t working, but other times because they just weren’t loud enough.

Secondly, even when we could hear the singing, it was regularly shallow and a little flat. While some of the numbers were covered very well, others sounded more like a high school talent contest or open mic night. Compared to the performers in the earlier show, the lineup for this production seems a little more “junior varsity.”

The strength of Beehive is in its sense of nostalgia, and if you grew up during the 1960s, that might be all it takes for you to be completely satisfied by this production.

Perhaps because I was just a baby at the end of that decade, I would sooner indulge in the highlights from Kander and Ebb, which stretch from the sixties to the early 2000s.

Andrew Andrews attended Beehive: The ’60s Musical at Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham on Saturday, September 11, 2021 @ 7:00pm to write this review.