Thursday, December 2, 2010

'A Taffeta Christmas' opens in CdA — preview and photos

Posted on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM

A doo-wop musical is opening in CdA — and the doo-woppers are girls!

Remember the way they used to celebrate Christmas in America's heartland? Do you recall those wintry scenes in places like Muncie, Indiana — back in, say, 1954, when girl groups were all the rage and the songs they sang had features like melody and lyrics that you could actually understand? Didn't you just love those expressions of basic, honest-to-God red-blooded American values? Is this paragraph starting to sound like a Sarah Palin commercial? 

If you remember those Leave It to Beaver-era girl groups like the McGuire Sisters ("Sincerely," 1954), the Fontaine Sisters and the Chordettes ("Mr. Sandman," 1954; "Lollipop," 1958) you'll love the musical opening at Lake City Playhouse this weekend. It's called A Taffeta Christmas, it features four female singers and an onstage trio, and it's a sequel to The Taffetas (which actually predates the comparable all-male show, Forever Plaid, and which premiered in 1988).

A Taffeta Christmas also features songs like "Santa Baby," "Marshmallow World" and "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays."

Directed by Andy Renfrew. Opens Friday night and runs Dec. 3-19 (Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm) in CdA at 1320 E. Garden Ave. Top ticket price is $19. Visit thetaffetas.com and lakecityplayhouse.org or call (208) 667-1323.  

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