If the 1960’s are your era, where the times and the tunes speak to your heart and set your feet tapping, then the Palace Theater in Waterbury has a show with your name stamped in gold on the playbill cover. “This is the 60’s” will capture the decade in every way possible, marking each of the historic milestones from this fascinating and frantic time.
The stage of the Palace Theater will be aglow with the men and the music who made history for one spectacular show only, Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m. More than a concert showcasing the music of The Monkees, The Beatles, The Mamas and The Papas, The Beach Boys, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, The Fifth Dimension, Jimi Hendrix, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane and more, the evening will include a timeline of the events that celebrated the decade on its fiftieth anniversary.
Relive the excitement and spectacle of the space program when man first walked on the moon, the phenomenon of the Fab Four lads from across the pond who sparked Beatlemania, the agony and trauma of the Vietnam War and the loss of the icon from Camelot known as John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Poignant and powerful film clippings will highlight the culture of the times, complete with commercials from television ads. Seven talented performers, Joan Burton, Eddie Darst, David Krol, Daryn Owen, Freddy Trumbower, Janisse Flowers and Anna Rednour, will offer more than two solid hours of live rock and roll memories and memorabilia as they travel back in time to recreate everything from white bread to Woodstock.
“This is the 60’s” was created by producer/director Jim Duffy, a veteran documentary filmmaker, author and musician, who knows how to capture the moments that mark this turbulent time.
Before the performance, patrons are invited to arrive early for a 7:30 p.m. flashback performance in the theater’s lobby by Trish Torello, a popular local performer and former lead singer of the 60’s band Good & Plenty. Torello will send patrons tripping back in time when she belts out the signature song of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick, “White Rabbit.”
Also before the show, Emily’s Catering Group will serve a 6 p.m. pre-show dinner in the Palace’s Poli Club, located on the Mezzanine level of the theater. Dinner is $40 per member and $50 per non-member, which includes tax, service fees, coffee, and tea. A cash bar is also available. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made when purchasing tickets through the Box Office.
For tickets ($25, 35, 45), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at www.palacetheaterct.org.
Come revisit the most exciting decade of the Twentieth Century and stroll down the sidewalks one fabulous musical note after another.