Savin' Up for Saturday Night at The Grove Theatre
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The last date listed for Savin' Up for Saturday Night was Sunday November 21, 2010 / 2:00pm.
Currently at The Grove Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $30.00 - $35.00
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This New Year's Eve, get "All Shook Up" as three Elvis impersonators pay salute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. The acclaimed Chris Luna, who has performed as Elvis for 15 years, plays with the TCB Flashband. You'll also enjoy Elvis homages by award-winning 17-year-old Jacob Roman, and five-year-old Presley Luna. Joining the three Kings are tribute artists paying their musical respects to such greats as the Beach Boys, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, Brenda Lee, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette. Light hors d'oeuvres and midnight champagne are also included. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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This poor production... There were ten times as many seats as audience members. In fact, there were probably only twice as many audience members as performers. This show needs a less formal and smaller venue that encourages its audiences to get as rowdy as the characters. (I believe that's the kind of space offered at Sacred Fools Theatre, where Savin' Up for Saturday Night had its inaugural run last year.)
I'm a fan of good country music, but aside from a few hilarious stand-outs ("Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial" and "Whatever's Left of Me"), many of the songs began to sound the same. I dunno -- maybe the band needed more variety in the instrumentals. How can you do country music without a fiddle?!
The dancing was also underwhelming, which was sad because that's all that half of the cast was there for. Unfortunately, the show comes across like a theme park stage show performed by amateurs, quite juvenile in many ways. It had some good over-the-top humor, but didn't succeed in bringing the sincerity necessary to balance it, nor was it as sexy as it should have been. (And I'm not talking about skin, I'm talking about body language, dancing, smoldering looks, honest intimacy...)
In the brief closing number "Here," Rachel Howe finally brought some of the quiet, honest sincerity I had been craving, but it was too little too late.
In Jeff Goode and Richard Levinson's new musical comedy, the action takes place at the “Honky-Tonk Bar 'n' Fill” under the watchful eye of “Doc,” the bartender. A bunch of terrific dancers hit the floor to the music of a topnotch country band led by his old high school buddy Eldridge Preston, who seems to think he is the star of the place. But that title really should go to his ex-wife Lucinda, who used to be in Eldridge's show and can dance and sing (and party) anyone under the table.
On this particular night, Eldridge is going to introduce the regulars to his newest singer and latest flame, Patsy. But nobody can predict the consequences -- least of all Doc, who by night's end might get what, or who, he's always wanted. And through it all, the music, dancing and laughs never stop.
The show, directed by Jeremy Aldridge (the multi-award winning director of the recent smash Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara!) stars original cast members Brendan Hunt, an LA comedy legend fresh from his recent appearance on the Jimmy Fallon Show, and Courtney DeCosky, who Backstage magazine described as “remarkably charismatic ...with a rarified ability to rivet an audience's attention."
Joining them is Wendi Hammock, who recently starred in the hit Orange County production of The Who's Tommy, busy voice-over actor Doug Gochman, and Rancho Cucamonga's own Rachel Howe -- returning to the Grove for the first time since her own premiere there as a child actor. Local theatergoers will also recognize some other familiar faces, when local favorites Christen Dugger (Church Basement Ladies), Eugene Collins (West Side Story) and Vil Towers (Peter Pan, Kiss Me, Kate!) take the leads at several of the performances.
The boot-scootin' ensemble is rounded out with championship competitive partner dancers like Robert Jackson (who makes his home in LaVerne) and musical theater mainstays like Cat Yurkovich, who has performed frequently at the Candlelight Pavilion, when not in New York City high-kicking as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette!
All of it is choreographed by top choreographer Allison Bibicoff (Asst. Choreographer on Four-time Tony nominated Broadway production of Xanadu), with one hot band led by John McDuffie - taking time off from his duties as musical director for Rita Coolidge, and featuring pickers whose touring and album credits which include Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McLinton, and Bette Midler. The title song has a few credits of its own, having been heard recently on several episodes of the HBO series “True Blood.”