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Theatre and Dance

The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera


March 23, 2004 :: No. 192

Who: PAIR (Professional Artists in Residence) Celebrity Series presents
What: “SUDS” — The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera
Created by Bryan Scott, Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson and Javier Velasco
When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2004
Where: Plummer Auditorium, 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton

Ten years ago, four friends got together to create a rollicking little musical called “Suds” to do for 1960s girl singers what the hit “Forever Plaid” did for 1950s guy singers.

Utilizing over 50 well known, chart topping hit songs from the 1960s, “Suds” spins the saga of a lonely Laundromat lass and the guardian angels who teach her to find true love. Among the score’s many hits are “Where The Boys Are” (Connie Francis), “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” (Nancy Sinatra), “Respect” (Aretha Franklin), “I Feel Good” (James Brown) and “Do You Want To Know A Secret” (The Beatles).

“Suds” received rave reviews from coast to coast, breaking many box office records at theatres like the prestigious Old Globe Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the San Diego Repertory Theater.

This nationally touring production was mounted in response to the current ’60s revival as evidenced by television’s series “American Dreams” and Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray.” It is directed by co-creator Bryan Scott and choreographed by its original choreographer Javier Velasco. The production features costume design by Warden Neil and scenic design by Amanda Stephens. The cast includes Rita Carey, Erin Cronican, Jessa Watson and Corey Greenan.

In addition to its Fullerton appearance, which kicks off the national tour, “Suds” will also be presented April 17 at the Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs), April 18 at Citrus College (Azusa) and April 25 at Pepperdine University (Malibu) before heading out of state.

“All in good fun and quite good fun…overpoweringly charming” —NY Post

“Best songs of the ’60s…a lot of humor and a helluva lot of talent!” —Variety

“Solid gold nostalgia…polished to near-perfection” —Los Angeles Times

Tickets: Advance sale $30 & $25 ($2-off on advance sales with Titan discount — full time students, senior citizens or CSUF ID). At the door all tickets $30 & $25.
Box Office: Performing Arts Center box office 657-278-3371 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday) or on the Internet at www.tickets.com
Websites: www.pair.fullerton.edu or www.sudsthemusical.com
Media Contact: Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts at 657-278-2434

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