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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Lots of music, loads of fun with '8-Track'

By Carol Montana - editor

Over 50 songs and tons of fun await you when you settle into your seat for "8-Track: The Sounds of the 70s" at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville. But trust me, you won't be "settled" for long - you'll be “movin' and groovin'” to the music, and tempted to get out of your seat and dance in the aisles.
Introduced as a TV commercial, “Hits of the 70s for only $19.95,” the show is a musical mélange of the songs that were probably favorites of many audience members. Songs like: Barry Manilow's “I Write the Songs,” Cat Stevens' “Peace Train” and Helen Reddy's “I Am Woman.”
The cast of Isaiah Tyrelle Boyd, Eddie Egan, Christine Hope and Zoie Morris have superb onstage chemistry and present the songs as though they grew up with them, in spite of the fact that they hadn't even been born when these songs were popular - a testament to their acting talent.

Especially fun are Randy Newman's “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” the Bee Gees' “Stayin' Alive,” the audience participation standard “YMCA,” and the lively “One Toke Over the Line.” The cast also enchanted several very willing audience members to participate in “Lady Marmalade.”
Harmonies are just exquisite, especially in Bread's “I'd Like to Make It With You,” Robert Flack's “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and Starland Vocal Band's lively and catchy “Afternoon Delight.”
The cast is accompanied by the accomplished quartet of Denis Bisoglio on percussion, Michael Aiese on bass, Greg Dinger on guitar, and Thomas Conroy providing keyboard and musical direction. The musicians were obviously having as much fun as the cast.
Standout solos are Morris' “You Light Up My Life,” Hope's “Don't Cry Out Loud,” Egan's “I Write the Songs,” and Boyd's “Desperado.” These songs and others were sang with deep passion and solid, strong voices.
Helping to set the scene perfectly are wigs and costumes designed by Molly Walz, complete with fringe and vests and large patterns in Act I, and graduating to spangles, sequins and extreme platform shoes for Act II.
Directed by the multi-talented and accomplished Michael LaFleur who has worked on many other productions for Shadowland including 2014's “Greater Tuna” and “Honky Tonk Highway,” “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70s” is a fun, engaging medley of hits that, by the time of its fantastic finale, will have you on your feet swaying to the music of “Na Na Hey Hey.” And you're going to love every minute of it.
The show is playing at Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal Street in Ellenville, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through September 11. Call the box office at 647-5511 for tickets, or visit shadowlandtheatre.org.





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