Looking for a Heat Wave: Go See “The Bikinis” at Westchester Broadway Theatre

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(clockwise from lower): Karyn Quakenbush, Joanna Young, Anne Fraser Thomas, Katy Blake. Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla

Looking for a night of nostalgia with some of the most iconic songs from the 60s and 70s? Well, The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party, is your ticket to a fun lively walk down memory lane! So… HANG LOOSE, its FAR-OUT (did I use that right)!

The musical opens with The Bikinis reunion show, it is New Year’s Eve 1999 at their beloved Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. The fate of Sandy Shores is in question and for one night only the four women revisit their heyday down at the Jersey Shore set to the music of their youth. We meet two sisters (Annie and Jodi), their cousin (Karla), and their best friend (Barbara) who made up the teenage “one-hit-wonder” 1960s girl group, The Bikinis. Can their friendship and Sandy Shores be saved?
The four actresses belt out over 30 hits with such classics as “It’s In His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “The Twist,” “Heat Wave,” “I’m Every Woman”, “I Will Survive,” “Enough” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Their energy is contagious, lighthearted, and uplifting!
We first get a glimpse of them as wide-eyed teenage girls in ACT I who believed in fun and endless opportunities, their one-hit-wonder “Beach, Blanket, Boards, & Balls” speaks perfectly to their essence of innocence and adventure. In ACT II we sense a shift in emotion, songs echo a heavier broader social awareness. The Bikinis recall defining moments from the 1970s and how it helped shape their future.  “Simple Songs of Freedom” “Incense and Peppermints”, and “Time of the Season” speak to the changing times and the evolution of a girl group to four women who would forge their own paths alone.
The Bikinis at Westchester Broadway Theatre is rounded out by a talented set of musicians that keep up with the quick pace of this musical and The Bikinis range of vocal ability.
Sure to be a fan favorite!
Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla
Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla
 The Bikinis Credits:
  • Produced by The Bikinis Tour Company
  • Written and Created by Ray Roderick and James Hindman 
  • Music Arrangements by Joseph Baker
  • Additional Music and Lyrics by Joseph Baker and Ray Roderick
  • Directed and Choreographed by Ray Roderick
  • Musical Direction by Dan Pardo 
  • Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick
  • Associate Lighting Designer by Zack Pizza
  • General Manager by Evan Bernardin
  • Production Stage Manager by Maura Holloran

Cast: 

  • Joanna Young as Jodi
  • Karyn Quackenbush as Karla
  • Katy Blake as Annie
  • Anne FraserThomas as Barbara
  • Elise Holman as understudy

Musicians: 

  • Music Director/ Keyboard I by Dan Pardo
  • Keyboard II by Brandon Sturiale
  • Guitar by Matt Sangiovanni
  • Drums by Elena Bonomo

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 *SPECIAL OFFER FOR FEBRUARY 2017*

  Buy One Full Priced Dinner & Show Ticket to The BIKINIS & Get One Free!

Valid on Phone Orders and In Person at WBT Box Office only!

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Thank you to Westchester Broadway Theatre for inviting us to this wonderful event!

Check out their website for specials & upcoming events http://www.broadwaytheatre.com

For reservations call (914)592-2222 

Westchester Broadway Theater Schedule:
The Bikinis – February 2 – March 19, 2017
Mamma Mia – March 23 – June 25, 2017
Annie – June 29 – September 10, 2017
Annie Get Your Gun– September 14 – December 3, 2017

Review written by SuburbanGuides.com contributing writer Lisa Varley McCool

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