Modern society meets barbershop quartets in the new Patio Playhouse Community theater presentation of The Fabulous Lipitones playing through March 13.
The rollicking musical has generated great reviews since its 2013 premiere. “This a cappella musical works just fine without much glitter or glamour,” New York Times theater reviewer Ken Jaworski said. “It’s greatest pleasures spring from the simplest of intentions.”
The barbershop quartet of the title turns into a trio when its lead singer, andy, suffers a fatal heart attack “while competing at the regional championships in Indianapolis,” according to Howard, a group member. Adds another member, Wally, “sang his heart out.”
That leads to the great debate during the hour-and-45 minute show about whether to break up or seek a replacement.
The musical features plenty of disagreements, misunderstanding, stereotype jokes, sigh gags and runs, all of which are good-natured and mostly humorous.
Patio Playhouse features a dynamic foursome in Scott M. Kolod, Andy Softley, Jordan Malbrough, and Bob Gordon as Wally, Howard, Phil, and Bob, in this entertaining musical by Mark St. Germain & John Markus.
Directed by Grant Gelvin with Musical Direction by Allan Webb & Royce Ferguson and played in the intimate Patio Playhouse theater, this show is sure to entertain, according to publicists.
Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. patio Playhouse is at 116 S Kalmia St. between Vinz Wine Bar and continental Deli. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, military and students, $12 for youth under 16 years old. For reservations, call (760) 746-6669 or visit www.patioplayhouse.org.