JUDY JACKSINA and TOM PATTI for PARK STREET79 PRODUCTIONS, LTD.
THE RESURRECTION CONCERT
The FLAMINGO á Go-Go, 547 W. 21 St. (bet. 10 & 11 Aves.), NYC
Opening Night: January 29, 2005
Directed by JUDY JACKSINA
Choreographer ROBIN CARRIGAN
Costumes ROBERT GUY
Musical Director DOUG KATSAROS
JAMIE GUSTIS - lead singer
TRAVIS HARRISON - drummer
DAVE SIEGEL - guitar
HAROLD STEPHAN - keyboards
Go Go Dancers
LAURA ANDERSON - QUINTELLA BARNES - MANDI BEDBURY
LINDSAY DUNN - ALEXIS THEBOLT - MELANIE WALTERS
"1966" THE RESURRECTION CONCERT attempts to recreate the aura of the 1966 club circuit by channeling the music and energy of The Doors through a live band and a sextet of shimmering and shimmying go go dancers. Whether or not the performance reasonably recreates the original is not for me to say from first hand experience.
The crowd seemed to groove to the vibe, and of course the music is already a hit. The band, also called 1966, did a decent job of invoking the spirit, but even my limited exposure to raw footage tells me there will never be, especially without that particular combination of upbringing, timing and pharmaceuticals, a front man like Jim Morrison. So, where does that leave "1966" THE RESURRECTION CONCERT? Squarely in the realm of retro; and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
- Kessa De Santis -