Last Friday night's Pratt Community Concert provided a glimpse into a world that is a bit of a rarity these days. Five high school buddies, whose lives take very different courses after graduation, reunite and rediscover their friendship years later. What binds them together is the music they shared as youth: a stack of old […]

Last Friday night's Pratt Community Concert provided a glimpse into a world that is a bit of a rarity these days.
Five high school buddies, whose lives take very different courses after graduation, reunite and rediscover their friendship years later. What binds them together is the music they shared as youth: a stack of old record albums in the basement of one of their homes. The story the five continue to tell is how this music shaped their lives and how these (mostly) old songs also match well with their individual stories.
That's what Forever Young is all about: high energy choreography and readily recognizable tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond are interwoven with the post-graduation story of each cast member's life, culminating in their reunion in New York City.
If you savor an eclectic mix of music, then you will enjoy this show, which is performed daily from March through December at the Americana Theatre in Branson, MO. The show runs the gamut from 60s rock and roll and Sinatra to 70s folk, rock, blues and soul, with a little David Bowie, Doobie Brothers and Billy Joel sprinkled in. The music doesn't stop there, however, as it careens onward through 80s anthem and big hair rock, adding some essential Michael Jackson. The show tosses in a few country songs as it explores the story of the one of the cast members.
Anyone attending the show will be sure to recognize many of the tunes the group brings to life through song and dance.
Two personal favorites for me were Forever Young's theatrical interpretation of 'Taking Care of Business' (Bachman Turner Overdrive) and 'New York State of Mind' (Billy Joel).
If you prefer a buffet-style musical format, you'll be sure to enjoy the fare that Forever Young serves up. These guys can really deliver and put a lot of heart and soul into their performance.