Stage 52 at The Little Schubert Theater (422 West 42nd St) envelops you in a psychedelic setting that readies you for this Sixties dance musical spectacle, TRIP OF LOVE.
“I’ve seen this show ten times,” the woman next to me confided before the curtain went up.
“What did you like about it?” I asked.
“The music, oh, this music brings me back to Woodstock, to my youth,” she said, and hand-jived through the performance. It wasn’t just folks her age that caught the beat. Young people were bopping to the music, the seats rocking. Who could stay still during Wipe Out, Born to Be Wild, These Boots Were Made for Walking, and dah-dah-dah-dah, Batman?
There were heart-tugging moments for me. It was as if Sandra Dee was alive and young again when KELLY FELTHOUS sang Where the Boys Are. And TARA PALSHA did a passionate rendition of the first feminist song about relationships that I’d ever heard–You Don’t Own Me. The scene of soldiers in Vietnam (AUSTIN MILLER, DAVID ELDER, JOEY CALVERI) singing Blowin’ in the Wind made me, as my grandma would have said, verklempt. (Choked up, Yiddish-style). The question, “How many deaths will it take till we know that too many people have died?” is one that we, unfortunately, continue to ask.
Created, directed and choreographed by James Walski, TRIP OF LOVE stars Joey Calveri (Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Kelly Felthous (Flashdance, Nat’l Tour), Dionne Figgins (Broadway’s Motown), Brandon Leffler (Broadway’s On the Town), Austin Miller (“Grease: You’re The One That I Want”), Tara Palsha (Vegas! The Show, Las Vegas), and Laurie Wells (Broadway’s Mamma Mia!), with Yesenia Ayala, Colin Bradbury, Bo Broadwell, Kyle Brown, Ian Campayno, Whitney Cooper, Alexa De Barr, Daniel Lynn Evans, Lisa Finegold, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Steve Geary, Daryl Getman, Jennifer Gruener, Colby Q. Lindeman, Connor McRory, and Kristin Piro.
TRIP OF LOVE is directed and choreographed by James Walski (Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express) and features scenic design by Tony Award winner Robin Wagner (The Producers, Dreamgirls), and costume design by Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (Aladdin, Kinky Boots). TRIP OF LOVE is produced by Makoto Deguchi (Blue Man Group: Tubes), and had its world premiere in April of 2008 at the Theatre Brava! in Osaka, Japan.
Tickets for TRIP OF LOVE are available now at Telecharge.com. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 8pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.
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