The Andrews Brothers Review - 40's Music that Never Grows Old

The year is 1945, and the place is the South Pacific. A USO show spotlighting the fabulous Andrews Sisters, the darlings of the country, is getting ready to entertain our troops in a matter of hours. But suddenly the show is threatened with cancellation because the famous trio can’t make it. What to do?

The Cast of "The Andrews Brothers" - Photo by Ashley Caven

Happily, writer Roger Bean figured out the solution. And not a moment too soon. After all, Peggy (Colette Peters), the famed pin-up queen of the military - who’s got more talent than ten singers and dancers put together – is already on the island. And she’s all set to entertain her heart out for our boys, going into battle the next day. As for the Andrews Sisters? Well, it just so happens that there is an Andrews trio already on the base. Unfortunately, they’re three brothers – but that can be remedied. With just a little makeup, a flowing wig, a change of clothing, and very dim lights, Patrick (Jason Webb) can easily pass for Patty. Lawrence (Patrick Foley) makes a perfect Laverne, and Max (John David Wallis) is Maxine’s clone.

Jason Webb, Patrick Foley, and John David Wallis - the Andrews Brothers - Photo by Ashley Caven

For a lyrical and fun evening, you can’t beat THE ANDREWS BROTHERS. Songs like “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon,” “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree,” “I Wanna Be Loved,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “Hawaiian War Chant” bring the audience back to the 40’s with a passion. In fact, the production features 23 of the Andrews Sisters’ biggest hits. This engaging revue of 40’s music is enhanced by the special talents of the director/choreographer team of Orlando Alexander and Danny Michaels. Under the musical direction of Steven Applegate, the production shines with nostalgia and upbeat memories. Vicki Conrad’s costumes, Cliff Sinior’s wigs, Paul Reid’s lighting, and Alex Mackyol’s sound add that special something to this period piece. And let’s not forget the talented cast of four, who sing and dance with the best of them – and never seem to run out of steam.

Colette Peters and "The Andrews Brothers" - Photo by Ashley Caven

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS will appeal to all age groups – with a special focus on those who may be old enough to have genuine memories of the 40’s. For younger audience members, these are tunes which have stood the test of time and never grow old. So get ready to hum along (and maybe even tap your toe) in time to THE ANDREWS BROTHERS.

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS runs through August 12, 2017, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, at 3 p.m. on Sundays in July, and at 8 p.m. on July 13 and 20 (Thursdays). The Glendale Centre Theatre is located at 324 N. Orange Street, Glendale, CA 91203. Tickets are $32 ($25 for seniors and $20 for children under 16). For information and reservations, call 818-244-8481 or go online.     


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