The Downtowners, a senior-citizen choral ensemble from Orlando Lutheran Towers, return to Fringe with "Stayin' Alive III," featuring classic-hit songs to modern tunes.
The production opens with their version of
Among hilarious highlights:
• The choir wears alien antennas while singing "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones.
• Elvis' "Just Because" has a "cougar theme." Lead vocalist Eleanor Crawford wears a leopard-skin jacket.
• Age is dealt with — but with a humorous twist. "Memory" from the Broadway musical "Cats" becomes a parody about losing your memory from growing older. Soloist Anne Jones performed sporting a Minnie Pearl-style hat made out of newspaper with flowers and a yellow ribbon. That song proved prophetic: Later, during
There were a few other hiccups. Some artists needed to be closer to the microphone, especially during the "Downtowner's Style" number, a parody of "Gangnam Style" by South Korean artist
Stand-out performances included Jim Reid singing a parody of Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" called "My Cellmate Thinks I'm Sexy." A true performer, Reid wore a cowboy hat with Willie Nelson-style wig and braid. Soloist Peggy Moon sang "I Feel Good" by
It was wonderful seeing seniors having fun singing during "Stayin' Alive III." Kudos to director Tim Hanes for his creativity and keeping music alive and an active force in The Downtowners' lives.
60 mins. Rated G. Brown venue.
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