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‘Forever Plaid’ harkens to more innocent time

More innocent days, short hair and Perry Como hero worship return Friday to Off Broadstreet Theatre in Nevada City when “Forever Plaid” opens for an eight-week run.

Although the only other time Stuart Ross’ musical revue was presented at the Nevada City venue was five years ago, Off Broadstreet co-owner Jan Kopp said that “Forever Plaid” is the most requested play after “Angry Housewives.”

“It’s squeaky clean,” Kopp added, “and family-friendly. After seeing ‘Forever Plaid,’ you leave feeling very good because it’s such a wonderful escape right now during these stressful times.”

“Forever Plaid” is about Francis, Sparky, Smudge and Jinx in a harmony group, The Plaids. During a trip to pick up their first ever custom-made plaid tuxedos for their first big gig on Feb. 9, 1964, The Plaids’ members are killed by a bus load of teens en route to watch the Beatles’ U.S. television debut on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” The Plaids, though, are miraculously brought back to earth for 90 magical minutes to perform the concert they missed carrying out on Feb. 9.

Off Broadstreet regulars Richard Joplin, Andrew Kerr and Darryl Stines are joined by newcomer Ed Stamper as “The Plaids,” who sing close-harmony doo-wop arrangements of 29 songs from the ’50s and early ’60s including ” Love is a Many Splendid Thing,” “Magic Moments,” “Crazy Bout Ya Baby,” “Gotta Be This or That,” “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “Rags to Riches.” Musical director Katie Baker accompanies on the keyboard; choreography and costumes are by Thom Green and Libby Bonomolo.

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