Popular revue returns

Published July 27, 2006

Imagine a musical that takes you from That's Amore to Stayin' Alive and you have The Fabulous '50s and '60s Revue, a song and dance show that director-arranger Joe Camper calls "high voltage."

The musical debuted at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson in late summer 2004, but several performances were canceled because of hurricanes Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Even so, the show set an attendance record for its time slot, and patrons have been clamoring to bring it back.

So Camper tinkered with the song list to give the show a new feel and recruited choreographer Katie Kerwin to create several new dances. It opens at the Show Palace on Friday for an eight-week run.

The main additions are early 1950s and late 1970s tunes, more shtick for the "nerd characters" and jazzed-up costumes.

"We've also put in a salute to girl groups," Camper said.

Four of the 2004 cast members are returning, five have been in other Show Palace shows and five are newcomers recruited in New York and other theater towns.

The Fabulous '50s and '60s Revue runs Friday through Sept. 17, with matinee and evening shows, at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show $42.50, show only $31.45; ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere, 1-888-655-7469.

- BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN, Times staff writer