By Susan Rife, Herald-Tribune
As sweet and fizzy as a strawberry ice cream soda, “The Taffetas” at the Players Theatre will take you back to a time when “girl groups” sang in harmony, nobody had a pierced belly button or a “wardrobe malfunction” and being on tour meant riding the Greyhound bus from Muncie, Ind., to the Big Apple.
It’s the perfect antidote to summer heat, election news and hurricane warnings.
Nikki Maack Schuster, Laurie Colton, Megan Ireland and Kathy Abney play The Taffetas, a 1950s girl group cut from the same cloth as the Chordettes, the McGuire Sisters and the Lennon Sisters. They’ve made it from the Moose Hall in Muncie to “Spotlight on Music” in New York, where rumor has it that Ed Sullivan will be watching.
Directed and choreographed by Michelle Treyke, all four women sound good collectively and individually, although they lack the choreographic sharpness of their Fifties counterparts. And I’m not too sure the wigs were period-appropriate.
Musical director Lori Gaddis on piano and Terry Fanaza on bass provide solid musical grounding to the vocals.
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