The long-running Off-Broadway hit Forever Plaid will return to New York for a limited engagement to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Performances are scheduled for April 5–7 at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
The Plaids will be played by Sean Bell as Smudge, Nick Cearley (The Skivvies) as Sparky, Joshua David Cavanaugh as Frankie, and Justin Sargent as Jinx. The production will also feature guest appearances by members of the original New York company and the touring production, including David Engel, Drew Geraci, Paul Castree, Ryan Perry, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Michael Winther, Paul Binotto, Bobby Randle, Donnie Kehr, and Garris Wimmer.
Produced by Richard Martini, the brief run is directed by creator Stuart Ross with David Hancock Turner serving as music director and Jason Buell as production coordinator. Original arrangements and musical continuity are by James Raitt.
“Forever Plaid started right here at the West Bank nearly 30 years ago before transferring uptown for nearly 2,000 performances,” said creator-director Ross in a statement. “The show has played on every continent (except the South Pole!) but the The Plaids miss New York and knew the Laurie Beechman would make the perfect place to return for the BC/EFA benefit performances.”
Forever Plaid is the story of a semi-professional harmony group that met their demise on the way to their first big gig, the night the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964. But Cosmos smiles and allows them to slip through a hole in the ozone layer to do the show that they never got to do in life.
There is a $35 cover charge plus a $20 food/beverage minimum. For reservations, call Ovation Ticketing at (866) 811-4111 or visit WestBankCafe.com.