2’s Review: ‘Beehive – the 60s Musical’ takes a stroll down Memory Lane
Imagine you walk into a large theater and the curtain is down.
At approximately 7:30 it rises and beams of light and familiar music engulf the room and transport you inside a 1960s musical jukebox. Although when you arrive it will look and feel very much like 1959 with bobby socks, saddle oxfords, and knickers with the bubblegum pop songs playing.
But after an hour and a half inside that look will evolve into the peace loving bell bottom reminiscent of the late 1960s. That might best describe Beehive the 60s Musical.
It’s literally a jukebox stage show filled with all those catchy upbeat songs sung by girl groups. The show is clearly a colorful tribute to the iconic women of the 1960s and reveals the transformation of the Baby Boomer generation music.
A show like this can only be made powerful by the women performing and Director and Choreographer Amy McCleary makes sure of that. The cast includes the powerful voices of Emma Benson, Hallie D. Chapman, Nicole Esposito, Chari Michelle Gullage, Martina Long and Victoria Morris. The women take on songs from big names Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, to name just a few. They’re backed up by a superb orchestra led by Loren Strickland and Jordan Aquila.
These beautiful and talented women pull off 32 hit songs including a fun display of the “Name Game”, My Boyfriend’s Back, and a powerful performance of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.”
Equally impressive are the numerous costume changes to reflect the bands and songs, not to mention the countless number of outrageous wigs and cans of hairspray used in the show.
This is a high energy retrospective look at how girl power in the 1960s helped shape and define an era with music.
In the famous words of Petula Clark I say…”forget all you cares and go down” to see Beehive The 60s Musical and take a stroll down memory lane and you’ll be glad you did. For the younger audience it may be a chance to see that all things old can be new again.
It may just inspire you as it did me to drive home listening to 60’s on 6 especially since Sirius XM is offering free listening thru June 8th.
It’s important to point out that it was more than a pleasure for the first time in over a year to see the actors performing without face masks and shields which are hopefully in the past for good.The theater is not at 100% capacity and tables are still spaced and the buffet is back open to self serve.
There’s still plenty of time to grab your girlfriends or hubby and head out to see Beehive The 60s Musical runs through June 26th at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers.
Performances run Wednesday through Sunday evenings, with select matinees. Tickets are $48-$73 and are on sale and can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422 or you can visit in person at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
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