(Cast: Joe Walker, Alan Stukenholtz, Kyle Hager, Jason Hart)
Forever Plaid is an off-Broadway musical comedy written by Stuart Ross in New York in 1990 and now performed internationally. The critically acclaimed show is an affectionate revue of the close-harmony “guy groups” (think The Four Aces or The Four Freshmen) that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. Personifying the clean-cut genre, this quartet of high-school chums’ earnest dreams of recording an album ended in death (literally and indeed, symbolically) in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. The songs they sing during the course of the musical include: “Three Coins in the Fountain”; “Gotta Be This or That”; “Moments to Remember”; “No, Not Much”; “Sixteen Tons”; “Perfidia”; “Heart and Soul”; “Lady of Spain”; “Scotland the Brave”; “Shangri-La”; “Rags to Riches”; and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”. This performance ran in Dodge City from December 5-22, 2002.