“Here I Go Again”, ready to give you a few thoughts about CenterStage’s annual show! We have one performance under our belt, and now, as the dust settles, I have time to reflect on (and shamelessly promote) Back to the 80s.
But first, a quick story:
Once upon a time, members of the CenterStage choir were out for drinks after rehearsing A Night on Broadway, and discussed how totally awesome an 80s themed show would be.
The conversation quickly turned into an opportunity for everyone involved to randomly yell out songs, one at a time, with responses like, “Oh man, I forgot about that” or “Yes, but what about…”
As quickly as the discussion started, it was ended by a certain director, claiming that there aren’t full choral arrangements of 80s songs.
Smartphones at the ready, some diligent (albeit stubborn) choir members proceeded to scour the internet and even went so far as to create a Facebook group petitioning for CenterStage to perform an 80s show.
Within 24 hours, the group page quickly filled with dozens of options of full choral versions of 80s classics. One post even stating “25+ songs listed along with two medleys. I think we have more than a show!”
Now, if you are unfamiliar with CenterStage history, the following year’s theme was not the 1980s, but instead Decade Bash, a show that showed off songs spanning 60+ years, not just the particular 10 some people were hoping for.
It took a couple more years until we were able to bring you Back to the 80s, but let me tell you, it was worth the wait! Each season CenterStage brings a new level of performance and this year is no exception. We pulled out all the stops (and all the hairspray) to bring you a rocking good time.
The 1980s brought us memorable performers, iconic songs, and Broadway musicals that truly changed the landscape of music forever. The decade also brought us indescribable fashion and undeniably awesome slang. And you better believe you’ll experience all of it.
We knew in order to do the 80s justice we were going to have to make sure we brought songs from as many different genres as we could. Rock, Country, Pop, movie scores, Broadway, we have it ALL. Our selections are as unique as the members who perform them.
I think it is the variety of music that makes this show not only nostalgic, but fun for everyone. So, whether you lived through the decade or not, I guarantee you will find something you not only know, but something that you love.
As a member of our audience you can expect to be transported back in time (Marty McFly style) for a night of big hair and even bigger voices. AND for the first time since 2012 we put the band back on stage! Their sound will have you ready to go “All Night Long”!
You won’t want to miss this head-banging, tubular good time! Come check out Back to the 80s at the Grand Theater September 27-28 We’ll see you there!