Goodspeed's New Twist on '60s Songs, The Bikinis, Begins in CT
By Kenneth Jones
Lori Hammel, Meghan Duffy, Karyn Quackenbush and Regina LeVer are The Bikinis, shaking the sand out of their sneakers starting Aug. 9 at Goodspeed Musicals' Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT. The jukebox musical, about a 1960s girl group that reunites for a Jersey Shore concert, continues an extended run to Sept. 9.
The Bikinis is written and created by James Hindman and Ray Roderick and features music arrangements by Joseph Baker, with additional music and lyrics by Baker and Roderick. The musical had its premiere at the ReVision Theatre Company in Asbury Park, NJ, in 2010.
Roderick directs and choreograph the musical that features such songs as "The Shoop Shoop Song," "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
Here's how it's billed: "Back together again! The '60s girl group that everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore...all to raise money to save Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort."
Hammel (Mamma Mia, 9 to 5) portrays Jodi, with Duffy (Grease, Rocky Horror Show) as Annie, Quackenbush (Imaginary Friends, Annie Get Your Gun) as Karla and and LeVert (Fame) as Barbara.
The Bikinis has lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jay Hilton.
The Norma Terris is Goodspeed's home for developing new musicals; although audiences pay, critics are not invited to review shows there.
For tickets visit goodspeed.org.
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