Remember when you wanted a fur vest just like Sonny Bono's? Or the time you tried to sell the family piano to buy a drum kit?
By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN
Published August 19, 2004
[Photo by W.D. Bud Thacker]
The Fabulous 50’s and 60’s Revue
[Times photo (2002): Kevin White]
A Night in the Tropics
Then the Fabulous 50's and 60's Revue opening Friday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson is your kind of show, complete with impersonators of Sonny and Cher, the Supremes, the Mamas and the Papas, the Temptations and, naturally, Elvis and the Beatles.
"The whole show, from start to ending, it never stops," said Joe Camper, who wrote and directed it. In all, the show zips through 77 songs, including At the Hop, Shout!, Do You Love Me?, Little Darlin', Chantilly Lace and Splish Splash.
There are mellow ballads such as Que Sera, Sera and nostalgia tunes that includeWhere the Boys Are, Dedicated to the One I Love and Unchained Melody.
Among the 14-member cast are jazz and pop singer Sara DelBeato (Swing!, Nunsense Jamboree) and pop singers Lynetta Ivey (Showboat) and Susan Haldeman (Nancy inOliver!).
Featured dancers are Troy LaFon, Julia Reardon, Andrea Eskin, Andy Strand, Chuck Cantrell and Jeanine Lopardo.
Comic touches will be supplied by Candler Budd (John Smith in Run for Your Wife) and Haldeman, who do a dead-on Sonny and Cher, and there's even a sendup of the era's TV shows, including Laugh In.
Fabulous 50's and 60's Revue, Friday through Sept. 26 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 11, 16, 18 and 23. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and full cash bar. Dinner and show, $39.50; show only, $28.45; 12 and younger, $21.95 and $16.95, all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free elsewhere 1-888-655-7469.
A Night in the Tropics
The streets of New Port Richey will rock with music and dancing from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday during the annual A Night in the Tropics.
This year's celebration of summer will feature two Latin orchestras and one classic rock band performing on two stages, a Classic Car Cruise-In, ethnic food and the one-day Krewe of Blue Parrot, said Judy DeBella Thomas, executive director of New Port Richey Main Street.
"We have Somos Musica, an eight-piece orchestra playing traditional Latin music," she said. "They'll snake through the crowd, mimicking a Latin carnival, going to the stage."
Also playing will be El Caribe, a six-piece Latin combo. The bands will play on the main stage on Grand Boulevard just south of Missouri Avenue.
Off Grand in Cavalaire Square Park (behind the former Moose Lodge), Rhythm Xpress will play in the style of Gloria Estefan. Between sets, flamenco dancer Paquita will perform solo and with her backup dancers.
The live music will go from 6 to 11 p.m. La Cubanita and Juan's Black Bean Deli will have food booths; other vendors will sell lemonade, kettle corn, barbecue and hot dogs. In addition, area restaurants will be open, some with tables on the sidewalks.
"We'll also have tables and umbrellas set up in Cavalaire Square so people can sit down and eat," DeBella Thomas said. Beer, wine and Bacardi Slushies will be sold for consumption in the park.
For the fourth year, the Krewe of Blue Parrot will exist for one day. Dues are $30 and include a commemorative T-shirt, special beads, two signature drinks from the Crab Trap Restaurant and a scavenger hunt with prizes worth $300.