Back to the 80s

Media Contact:  Mike Musick

Theatre Bristol going Back in time with a Totally Awesome Musical!

Back To 80s_CMYKMarty McFly had his time traveling DeLorean.  Bill & Ted used a time traveling phone booth for their excellent adventures.  Theatre Bristol is using music and nostalgia to roll back the clock for the fourth show of their 49th season.  From the era that brought the world The Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a president who was an actor comes the “totally awesome” musical Back To The 80’s. In the style of movies such as Back To The Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,and The Karate Kid, Back To The 80’s is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

Back To The 80’s opens for a three weekend run on August 29th.  Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 through September 14th.  Reserve your tickets by calling 423-383-5979.

Back To The 80’s tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School as remembered through the eyes of now 40-something Corey Palmer. 17-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good-looking – the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin III, whose best friend is his computer, and who believes the crazy notion that one day CD’s will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80’s party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse audiences of any age. Back To The 80’s is a high-energy musical with contemporary flair that will certainly fill the seats.

“We’ve been on a little bit of a roll lately, bringing quality family friendly shows that involve a lot of kids with shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Snow White, Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, and Miracle on 34th Street.  We wanted to do a show that primarily featured teenagers and would be fun for teenagers to come see and adults could come and get a kick out of remembering a fun decade,” says Mike Musick, producer of the show.  “It’s a show that to my knowledge has never been done it this area and people aren’t real familiar with it.  But it’s very nostalgic and a storyline the is very similar to a lot of teen comedy and drama TV shows and movies from that era.  Plus with songs from artist like Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Wham!, Katrina and the Waves, and many more, you know the songs and you’ll be singing along.  Great, now I sound like a late night greatest hits infomercial,” Musick says with a laugh.  Theatre Bristol also wants the audience to get into the act and join in on the fun in style.  There will be a Best of the 80’s dress up contest each performance and winners will receive some totally awesome prizes.

The production team leading the cast of 33 is a lot like the cast themselves, young and incredibly talented with a love for the Theatre.  Back To The 80’s is directed by Emily Glover, music direction by Scott Elliot, choreography by Lindsay Marshall and costume and concept design by Will Oliver.  The cast includes:  Allen Clark, Daniel Freeman, Coy Owens, Morgan Canty, Donovan Boddie, Aaron Musselwhite, Liam Robinson, Grace Glover, Lorrie Anderson, Mikayla Jarrett, Jaymee Woodmore, Dustin Lawson, Macy Danielsen, Lacy Williams, Makenna Arnold, Nora Beth Moran, Lydia Balcom, Emma Kennedy, Mackenzie Reynolds, Erica Dawn Rakes, Carson Musick, Alexis Trimboli, Talia Kestner, Emma Filetti, Samantha Robertson, Rachel Locke, Ashlie Taylor, Britny Fox, Nate Birkitt, Michael Brister, William Cook, with Elliot and Musick also part of the cast.

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