I don't usually go on opening night, but Kaye talked me into it. And Mary Ellen, who invited me to a party before, and another one after the show.
So that made three parties, because the show is one for sure.
Ron Watson has paid his dues at The Palace. In the time I have known him he has gone from stage managing to directing mysteries and smaller musicals. Very well, I might add. Tonight, he showed his stuff, and his stuff is great!
There were quite a few new faces at the Palace tonight, including Katie Walther, as Sandy. This lovely lady can rock the rafters! Diego Flores, as Danny, did a wonderful job. Oh, heck. If you want a list, go to the show and get a program.
Three of Jim's past students are in the show: Reid Jernigan, Aaron Simpson, and Michael Fariss. Guys, he would be proud of you. I'm proud of you!
Seeing this is like a step back fifty years. I love "doo wop" music, and this show abounds with it.
The songs and harmonies are lovely and so are the dances. The set is lovely, and the drops, works of art. Are they to be auctioned off like the pic of Shakespeare in the yarmulke from "The Producers?" Barb Jernigan did a fantastic job!
(The costumes are pretty good, too)
The thing about costumes is that they always look better swirling around the stage than they do lined up along the wall in the shop.
Go see this. It is exciting and exuberant.