REVIEW: Forever Blonde

July 24, 2013 7:00 am0 commentsViews: 165
The cast of Forever Blonde Photo: Eileen Counihan

The cast of Forever Blonde
Photo: Eileen Counihan

by Guy Wolf

Forever Blonde is a celebration of song, dance, pop culture, and of course, famous blondes. The hour-long show is sure to please audiences of all age groups with comedy, live vocals, stylized dance numbers, and really attractive people in both lavish and skimpy costumes.

The show begins with a high-voltage production number choreographed to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” made famous by that iconic blonde, Marilyn Monroe. The four female dancers appear in blonde wigs and dazzling, pinkish-red dresses with enough sparkle to blind the front row of seats, and the three male dancers are in suggestive formal wear and top hats. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is the perfect start to a really good show.

Following the first number, live vocalist and emcee for the evening Darlene Van Alstyne, in a shimmering, floor-length gown, takes the stage. Van Alstyne, who is African-American, is stunning in a number of big, blonde, wigs, as she jokes that anyone can be a blonde. As the host, Van Alstyne introduces “blonde” production numbers that range from Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” to Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” She is a charismatic performer with a strong singing voice and a talent for comedy.

The famous blondes represented in dance and song include Lady Gaga, Madonna, Carrie Underwood, and the occasionally blonde, Beyonce. There are too many blondes in this production to mention, but if she’s a queen of pop or country music, you’ll find her here.

There are seven dancers in Forever Blonde: Christina Belinsky, Gerardo, Marisa Maggio, Myke Melendez, Syville Padayao, Kayla Shanahan, and Sarah Svoboda. All seven are clearly well-trained professionals, and they shine onstage. And while they function as a unit, perfectly in sync, each dancer brings unique qualities to every production number.

The choreography by Gerardo is outstanding. Gerardo flawlessly recreates or gives just enough choreography to bring music videos to life with accuracy and precision. One highlight is Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” There is also a feeling that Gerardo has focused on each dancer’s particular talents, and in doing so, each number pops onstage and maintains a spontaneous and never over-rehearsed quality.

Doing double duty, Gerardo also designed the multitude of magnificent costumes, which, often suggestive or recreated from music videos, add so much pizazz to the individual song and dance performances that they risk, but do not succeed in, overwhelming the performers onstage. And of course, what would this show be if not for a variety of blonde wigs?

Director Erik Pierce has done a good job putting this show together, and should be proud of his work. This show is clearly worth the trip to the end of Commercial Street. Forever Blonde is just plain fun, and a unique addition to Provincetown’s summer fare.

Forever Blonde runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9 p.m. in The Mayflower Room at The Provincetown Inn, 1 Commercial St. For tickets visit erikpierce.com or you can purchase them at the door.