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SCT rocks out with 'Good Rockin' Tonight'

Friday, June 1, 2012

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Jean Johnson, a vocalist for this weekend's Cabaret, practices for tomorrow night's opening performance. In total there are six vocalists, accompanied by an array of musical instruments.
Tonight opens the Playhouse Cabaret's performance of "Good Rockin' Tonight," the sixth show of a series that tells the history of rock n' roll through the stories and songs of the era.

The songs are all recognizable, many of them popular when they were released. But the interpretation may not be exactly what was heard on the radio. Clark Marshall, director of the production, sought to choose a version that may have been used as an "outtake" in recording: Elvis Presley, for example, would have recorded different versions of the same song, and picked the one he liked the best. The version performed at Playhouse Cabaret may be one of those other versions.

In addition to the music, which features six vocalists and a full band, the production will include stories about what really went on during these times. The evening isn't glitzly or theatrical, but it offers a glimpse into a world many of us never knew.

Examples of the songs during the evening are, "The Way You Look Tonight," by Fred Astaire, "Chains," by The Beatles, "Good Rockin' Tonight," by Elvis Presley, and "Happy Trails" by Dale Evans Rogers.

Of their six total performances of this show, this is the fifth one to be performed at SCT.

No two shows are quite the same. With each performance different elements of the production are tweaked, even if only a little, to give each night and each audience a unique experience.



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