Stayin’ Alive, the Downtowners from Orlando Lutheran Towers, Orlando. Brown venue, 60 minutes, $10. (The show is billed as 60 minutes but actually runs about 50 minutes.)
By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater
There’s a tendency to exploit the cuteness factor in a bunch of seniors singing rock, and if I were a Downtowner I wouldn’t care for it when musical director Tim Hanes likened handling my group to dealing with children’s theater.
But the Downtowners mostly avoid that trap: They’re too with it to be patronized. There’s not a huge amount of musicality here, although some of the soloists show flair, and the unidentified woman who sings “Orange-Colored Sky” is terrific. But they’re having such a good time that it doesn’t matter.
Some of the Downtowners dance better than I do; way more of them know the words to Lada Gaga’s “Poker Face” than I do. In the doo-wop number “Sh-Boom,” one of the women onstage swivels her hips way better than I do.
And I can only aspire to the sense of humor that’s alive and kicking among these folks. When someone in the audience asked if we should get up to sing along with “YMCA,” Hanes replied that we were welcome to stand. Then came a mock-plaintive question from the stage: “Can we sit down?”
Absolutely. You deserve it.
5/19 THU 6PM
5/21 SAT 1:40PM
5/23 MON 7:40PM
5/26 THU 5:30PM
5/28 SAT 11:30AM
5/29 SUN 2:20PM