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The Monkees celebrate 50 years at Hollywood homecoming

The Monkees celebrate 50 years at Hollywood homecoming

If one word could crystallize the zeitgeist of “The Monkees” TV series upon its premiere Sept. 12, 1966, as well as the band that bore the show’s name, it might be “zany.” It’s a quality that was in good supply Friday at the group’s 50th anniversary homecoming show at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Clips from the show were projected on a screen over the stage for an adoring crowd that packed the theater, demonstrating anew the infectious, manic energy that typified the show about four fictional musicians yearning to be the Beatles — a goal that, on TV anyway, always remained a struggle rather than a...

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