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Summer ’69: The Musical Happening

From the New York Times Theater Guide’s review by Lawrence Van Gelder:

When the cast stops talking and starts singing, which, thank goodness, is often, then this little musical can be a genuine treat for devotees of the popular music of a generation ago. After all, the composers and lyricists have names like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Country Joe McDonald, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Pete Seegar and Grace Slick. And the songs include "Summer in the City,’ The Times They Are a-Changin’," "White Rabbit," "With a Little Help From My Friends," and "Turn, Turn, Turn." The principal characters, wearing headbands and funky hats, remain stubbornly superficial. But under the direction of Bruce Lumpkin, the cast of eight, playing multiple roles and accompanied by a fine six-member band, delivers plenty of musical pleasure.

(Contributed by Les Irvin)


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