Forever Plaid is returning to New York City for a brief, benefit run at the location where it launched three decades ago with special appearances by original cast members.
Forever Plaid is coming back to Manhattan limited engagement to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for three special performances on April 5- 7 at 7 p.m. at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Café (407 W. 42nd Street).
“’Forever Plaid’ started right here at the West Bank nearly 30 years ago before transferring uptown for nearly ,2000 performances,” creator/director Stuart Ross said.” “The show has played on every continent [except Antarctica] but the The Plaids miss New York and knew the Laurie Beechman would make the perfect place to return for the BC/EFA benefit performances.”
Forever Plaid is the story of a semi-professional harmony group that meets their demise on the way to their first big gig, the night the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964.
But the universe smiles on the singers and allows them to slip through a hole in the ozone layer to do the show that they never got to do in life.
The show features such hits as Sixteen Tons, Chain Gang, Three Coins in the Fountain, Perfidia, Cry, Catch a Falling Star, Day-O, Gotta Be This or That, Matilda, and Heart and Soul performed by the boy band – The Plaids.
The Plaids will be played by: Sean Bell as Smudge, Nick Cearly as Sparky, Joshua David Cavnaugh – Frankie, and Justin Sargeant as Jinx.
The production will also feature Special Guest Appearances by original New York and national touring cast members David Engel, Drew Geraci, Paul Castree, Ryan Perry, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Michael Winther, Paul Binotto, Bobby Randle, Donnie Kehr, Garris Wimmer and more!
Produced by Richard Martini, the production is directed by Stuart Ross with David Hancock Turner serving as music director and Jason Buell as production coordinator. Original arrangements and musical continuity by James Raitt.
Performances are at The Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, in the lower level of the West Bank Café) at 7 p.m. on Thursday –Saturday, April 5 to 7. Cover charge is $35 plus a $20 food/beverage minimum. For reservations, call Ovation Ticketing 866-811-4111 or log onto www.westbankcafe.com .