Forever Plaid – The Heavenly Hit 50’s Musical


Aria Entertainment and Guy James Present

FOREVER PLAID

Join the boys of Forever Plaid on a humorous ‘heavenly’ journey through some of the greatest close-harmony songs of the 50’s.

With one final chance to give the concert they never gave, The Plaids sing nostalgic hits “Rags To Riches”, “Love Is A Many Splendid Thing”, “Catch A Falling Star”, “Three Coins In A Fountain” and many more – all in glorious harmony with patter that will keep any audience rolling in the aisles.

Come enjoy a drink at the beautiful St James Studio Theatre, whilst The Plaids deliver a 50’s roller-coaster ride of comedy and music in this classic musical.

Directed by Grant Murphy

Pics by Claire Bilyard

REVIEWS:

THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE 5*

THE STAGE 4*

WHATS ON STAGE 4*

MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW 4*

THE UPCOMING 4*

THE REVIEWS HUB 4*

CARNS THEATRE PASSION 4*

LONDON THEATRE 1 4*

LIVE THEATRE UK 4*

WEST END FRAME 4*

SPY IN THE STALLS 4*

BRITISH THEATRE 4*

JONATHAN BAZ 4*

THEATRE GHOST 4*

 

 

BRITISH THEATRE 4*

 

 

“..The Studio at The James’ Theatre has found a show that perfectly showcases this wonderfully intimate space.”

 

“The musicianship onstage both vocal and instrumental is considerable.”

 

“..when they sing – it’s just divine.”

 

“..There is no doubt in my mind that this show could run. I will certainly be returning for more of The Plaids!”

 

 

LIVE THEATRE UK 4*

 

 

“They work terrifically well together and the blend of sounds makes for some real aural rapture.”

 

“The vocal work is a real treat..”

 

“This is entertainment of the purest kind – unabashed fun that can lift any mood.”

 

 

WEST END FRAME 4*

 

 

“..pitched perfectly..”

 

“..the harmonies are on point and the music is joyous.”

 

“..The cast of four – Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler – make a perfect quartet.”

 

“Their chemistry is strong whilst their voices complement each other to perfection.”

 

“The choreography is slick, with all four performers taking to the stage with personality and charm.”

 

 

SPY IN THE STALLS 4*

 

 

“…All four of the cast are equally superb, delivering some stunning harmonies..”

 

“…showcasing some fantastic vocal talent. A chance to relive the simple charms of a bygone era.”

 

 

THE STAGE 4*

 

 

“..It’s an inventive and utterly delightful catalogue show of 1950s standards..”

 

“..The result is both goofy and musically..”

 

“..the music is constantly honoured and given performances as sharp as the suits the boys are wearing and as slick as their well-oiled hair.”

 

“..The show wallows in period charm, and this terrific quartet bring to it a lively, spirited enthusiasm that is at once full of knowing irreverence and affectionately respectful.”

 

“..All four members of the cast sing (and dance) up storm..”

 

“FOREVER PLAID ends with an encore of ‘Crazy ‘Bout ya Baby’; I’m crazy about this show at @St_JamesTheatre! Heavenly..”

 

 

WHATS ON STAGE 4*

 

 

“.. performed with irresistible zing by the cast, along with musical director and lyrical pianist Anthony Gabriele.”

 

“..Grant Murphy’s snappy choreography keeps the show swinging hard, and Nik Corrall’s costumes and set conjure all the optimism of the early 1960s..”

 

“..with this gifted cast and super-slick production, at times it gets pretty close to harmony heaven…”

 

 

THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE 5*

 

 

“..an entertaining show..”

 

“…The four part harmonies are beautiful and the group take the audience on a trip down memory lane to some of the best close harmony songs of the 1950s.”

 

“..good deal of humour, clever staging and slick choreography.”

 

“..four extremely talented singers/musicians accompanied by pianist Anthony Gabriele..”

 

“The show is great and the audience laughed in all the right places..”

 

“..this is one not to be missed.”

 

 

THE UPCOMING 4*

 

 

“.. Forever Plaid is an utterly charming take on that time before popular culture saw its truly seismic shift.”

 

“..bucketloads of charm and the Plaids take you to the stars and back..”

 

 

LONDON THEATRE 1 4*

 

 

“..this genius of a show..”

 

“…the St James Theatre, an ideal home for the quartet’s final gig.”

 

“..the stunning vocals have you on the edge of your seat.”

 

“..their harmonies are nothing short of mesmerizing…”

 

“..the way they sing as a quartet you would believe they had been working together all their lives.”

 

“A beautiful night of music and humour that will have you laughing from the get go..”

 

“Mesmerizing vocals that are consistent throughout and humour that will have you forgetting all your personal woes and struggles.”

 

“The stunning piano arrangement was by Anthony Gabriele.”

 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW 4*

 

 

“..creating a well-crafted sensation of time and place that contributes to the warm glow this musical can’t help but provide…”

 

“.. For this group, and for an audience spending a little under two hours in their company, time stands still and the music of the era is everything.”

 

“..the comedy the show derives from it comes across delightfully.”

 

 

THE REVIEWS HUB 4*

 

 

“.. a sweet and charming production..”

 

“..has audiences swooning at the St James’s Theatre…”

 

“..effortlessly captures the style of the 50s boy band..”

 

“There’s plenty of corny humour in the comical choreography..”

 

“…there’s also plenty of affection for the songs and the period.”

 

“..an impressive number of props..”

 

“..All the songs are supported by just a piano, played by the superb Anthony Gabriele…”

 

 

CARNS THEATRE PASSION 4*

 

 

“..these four gents provide us with some divine harmonies which are an absolute dream to listen to…”

 

“..we are listening to Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler deliver a consistently vocally stunning performance throughout…”

 

“..sublime accompaniment from Anthony Gabriele on the piano…”

 

“Direction and choreography by Grant Murphy is beautifully crafted and in perfect harmony with performers and the ambience created in this bijou and classy performance space.”

 

“This is a charming, nostalgic and endearing evening of entertainment.”

 

“It’s all about the voices and the harmonies and these four gentleman are in my opinion genius casting by Jane Deitch as each have their own superb vocal talent and all ooze charisma.”

 

“A wonderful gem which has a short run so I’d urge you to grab a ticket whilst you can!”

 

OUGHT TO BE CLOWNS

 

 

“All four guys discharge their duties with aplomb and a wonderully charming awkwardness..”

 

“Lee’s sweetly smooth vocals..”

 

“Striffler’s unbounding energy..”

 

“..their interactions speak of a real harmony between them all..”

 

“…the warm sense of nostalgia it encourages, is a thing of sweet loveliness…”

 

 

A YOUNGER THEATRE

 

 

“.. it’s impossible not to sit there with a smile on your face.”

 

“..impeccable quality of Forever Plaid’s cast. Vocally tight with choreography to match, there was not a weak link in sight or a bow tie out of place. It’s quite hard to pinpoint which cast members stood out most as they all worked so effectively…”

 

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