‘8-Track,’ something to play again & again | SummitDaily.com

‘8-Track,’ something to play again & again

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

Lake Dillon Theatre has successfully delivered audiences through an incredible, sold-out time machine this summer, with its 1950’s “Smokey Joe’s Caf,” ’60’s “Hair,” and ’90’s “Rent.” (And “Rapunzel” gave a shout out to the ’80s.)Now, the theater’s pumpin’ out a full-blown ’70s party with “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s,” featuring four of the outstanding actors Alleman brought in from New York City.The show will jog your memory back to polyester-clad singer/songwriters like The Carpenters, Edwin Starr’s potent “War,” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” And then, the mirrored ball spins and actors do the hustle into a nonstop disco medley.The musical revue begins with a parody on the days of K-Tel and pick-up lines like, “What’s your sign?” (Well, it actually starts as soon as you walk into the room, painted in trippy green, yellow, red and brown circles and lines.) Then, singers launch into the “heart and soul of forgotten history,” telling the story of the glittery decade through its tunes.They’ll make you remember how music used to make you smile with the “Best of My Love,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “Get Ready.”Brain Kess pumps out a few powerful pelvic thrusts in “You’re Alright” and provides fun little intros to “You Make Me Feel Like Dancin'” and “YMCA.”Priscilla Fernandez is as lovely and powerful as she was in “Hair” with songs like “I Am Women” and “This Is My Song.” She also renders a tender “Don’t Cry Out Loud.”Lea Anderson belts out a soulful rendition of “Everything Is Beautiful” and “You Light Up My Life.”And Chris Flowers is geekfully adorable, dressed in a pink plaid vest and “matching” green plaid pants singing “Alone Again (Naturally).” He’s genuine in “Desperado,” and then he turns into a funky Travolta with “Stayin’ Alive.”But it’s the sum of the parts that really makes “8-Track” out-of-sight. Solos flow into duets and group numbers, and individual songs morph into one another. The order of the songs, as well as the costumes and acting, enliven lyrics people may never have given much thought to, and add insight or new interpretations. For example, Kess packs “Takin’ It to the Streets” with an emotional punch, and following “War” with “Peace Train” (and “Desperado” with “Ooh Child”) layers in fresh feeling. Throughout the approximately 90-minute revue, mellow melts to sensual, then jolts to hilariously awkward (in “The Morning After”). Then it spins into a hot, undulating “Brick House” (that doesn’t let it all hang out, like “Hair” did) and slides into the two “Soul Sister(s)” struttin’ their stuff.”8-Track” is so captivating, there’s talk at the theater of adding a disco dance party at the end of a show or two, to “Do a Little Dance, (‘Make a Little Love’ was for ‘Hair,’ really) … Get Down Tonight.”So give Alleman a kick in his bellbottoms – call him at (970) 513-9386 and tell him, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” (bonus points if you sing it), before you have to say “Hey, hey, hey, good-bye” to all of these spirited actors.- Kimberly Nicoletti

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