The show 8-Track – The Sounds of the 70’s continues through the weekend at Plaza Theatre in Manalapan. Never heard of Manalapan? Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be the only one. The tiny Palm Beach County town is nestled on the beach between Lake Worth and Boynton Beach.
The 70s disco show features what everyone loved (or maybe hated) about that era including bell-bottoms, halter-tops, and platform shoes. But more importantly the show is all about classic music from the decade including songs from The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and KC and the Sunshine Band.
Depending on your age, the show is either pleasant trip down memory lane, or a musical history lesson. Either way audiences of all ages will enjoy the classic music.
The show features a quartet of singers, Leah Sessa, Mimi Fernandez, Bryan Demond Williams, and Danny O'Connor, all of whom sing their hearts out.
“It was very entertaining and it brought back a lot of memories from the 70s.
Poignant memories,” said Jeff Wolmetz. “I didn’t really have a favorite part. I really liked the whole show. They were all great.”
But don’t expect anything more than a collection of songs. The plot is (almost) non-existence.
“I didn’t really think I was going to like it that much when I heard it was just songs and no story line or anything, but it was very enjoyable,” Wolmetz continued.
Plaza Theatre is a relatively newcomer to the theater scene in Palm Beach County, opening in 2012 by Alan Jacobson, a Palm Beach Gardens resident who ran the Florida Jewish Theatre for five seasons in the 1990s. So far, the 250-seat theater has mostly featured a variety of lighthearted shows.
“This was my first time here. I had never even heard of it until this show,” Wolmetz said. “I love the way it’s built. You can see the stage from any seat you’re sitting in.”
The show runs through July 7. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. For more information or tickets visit www.theplazatheatre.net.