Forever Plaid

How old do you have to be to enjoy this musical revue? The answer may surprise you.

By Andrew Andrews

Music Director Eric Shorey accompanies Kylan Ross, Miles Yokom, John Hannigan and Cody Edwards in Stuart Ross’s Forever Plaid, directed by James Barry. Original photo by Ann Kielbasa.

Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie were headed for the big time, when their little Mercury was “slammed by a bunch of parochial virgins—” in other words, a bus full of Catholic school girls.

Thanks to “astrotechnical stuff,” the four young men have been floating in limbo since their fatal accident in 1964; now they’ve magically appeared on the Mac-Haydn stage to deliver a farewell performance.

Covering more than a dozen songs from the fifties and a retro rendition of at least one from the early sixties, the four young men who have been frozen in time harmonize, croon and synchronize their steps to earn the plaid tuxedo jackets they always longed to don on stage.

“You guys,” Jinx says, “We never sounded this good in life!”

Personifying clean-cut “guy groups” of the 50s like The Four Aces and The Four Freshmen, Forever Plaid premiered at the West Bank Cafe in 1987 and was eventually released as a motion picture in 2009.

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