Published: Friday, February 10, 2017 By: Gary Chattman Source: WESTCHESTER ARTS AND EDUCATION REVIEW

There is a cast appearing in a show at the spectacular Westchester Broadway Theatre in a production called THE BIKINIS.  Now, don’t be thrown off by the title.  It’s a story of four girls who turned into ladies who formed a group (like the “Jersey Boys”) and appeared at a trailer park in New Jersey and then eventually found fame by creating their very own ’45 record!  Remember those!

            Katy Blake, Anne Fraser Thomas, Joanna Young and Karyn Quackenbush play the girls.   Just sit back and enjoy a bunch of 60’s music, sung as professionally and powerfully as you can imagine.  Just sit back and enjoy your dinner; don’t worry about your car (free parking) and tilt those swivel chairs to the best angle to make you comfy.  Each and every one of these ladies is terrific, but I’m gonna single out two:  Katy Blake (writing her own musical now; starring at the Pasadena Playhouse; starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind,” “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera.”  And there’s Karyn Quackenbush (understudy for Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire in”Annie Get Your Gun” and has appeared as Diana and Val in “A Chorus Line.”  Boy, these ladies can SING!

I’m not taking anything away from Anne Fraser Thomas (“Man of La Mancha,”  “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) and Joanna Young (“Drowsy Chaperone” and “Grease!’) for, as a group, this GROUP can entertain!

            The audience went “wowsa” after each rollicking song.  Let’s see:  you’ve no-doubt heard these songs (even if you are too young to have experienced them) many times:  You might have heard them “Under the Boardwalk,” or in a “Chapel of Love;” You might have gone “Where the Boys Are” or in a “Heat Wave,” you might remember “Walking in the Sand.”  No doubt you wondered, as a teenager, “When Will I Be Loved,”  but today, you’re sure that any “Simple Song of Freedom” can be “Dedicated to the One I Love.”  Us oldsters remember that “Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and “The Twist.” We even might have, as teenagers, indulged in “Incense and Peppermints.” 

But you, my Westchester audience, don’t have to wonder, this January, at this “Time of the Season,” about a “Mambo Italiano” or “Hava Nagila.”  No, you make sure you go to the Westchester Broadway Theatre and see THE BIKINIS.  Because it’s great!  It’s wonderful!  It’s nostalgic!  The cast is professional (you can’t expect anything less from WBT).  Remember, “These Boot Are Made for Walkin’”—so walk to Elmsford, or else, maybe a “Secret Agent Man” might not give you that “Simple Song of Freedom.”
You’ve got my drift.  Westchester Broadway Theatre, this February.  “The Bikinis.”  GO!