Artistic Director Andrew Gall Reveals Why He Chose Forever Plaid for Parkway Playhouse Season

Gall_photoI missed the 1950’s.  Well, I wasn’t alive during the 1950’s.  But based on my parents, grandparents, movies like Back To the Future and television shows like Happy Days, I know that it was an important time.

Our country had emerged as victors from WWII and the people Tom Brokaw called “the greatest generation” built highways and homes; television piped in images into living rooms from coast to coast… Anything seemed possible and the pop music from this time clearly reflects this optimism.

Forever Plaid gives a chance to go back to this era and forget our cynicism and get caught up in the moment with the four freshly-scrubbed characters- Jinx, Smudge, Frances, and Sparky- characters who were spared the turmoil of the 60’s and beyond…

Parkway Playhouse has been waiting for several years to get the rights to Forever Plaid, and it couldn’t have come at a better moment.  The talent that we have been able to endow this production with is phenomenal.  (Nearly all of them are new to Parkway Playhouse – which is always exciting.)

My office is directly above our rehearsal space and for the past two weeks I have heard this cast painstakingly work their way through this music, building harmonies, and creating the one-of-a-kind experience that can only happens in live theatre – where both actor and audience get lost in an unexpected shared moment.  I hope your evening with the Plaids is filled with such moments; an ear-to-ear smile, maybe a tear in your eye, and a song, earnestly sung, in your heart.

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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