‘Shout! The Mod Musical’ Opens at Lincoln Park (Thurs., 3/16/23)

SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL (jukebox musical) by Philip George and David Lowenstein, featuring London pop classics from the early sixties and seventies. March 16 – March 19.

Five women, identified only by the color of their fashionably mod clothes (think Mike Myers in “Austin Powers” or “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”), take their respective spotlights on stage to seek advice for the lovelorn from then-popular tabloid columnist, Gwendolyn Holmes. So begins Shout! The Mod Musical. More a revue of the groovy sounds of London –– with cherished songs like “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “To Sir, With Love,” and “These Boots Were Made for Walking” –– this tribute to Piccadilly Pop strings together a seemingly unique genre of hit tunes sung by the likes of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, and Nancy Sinatra, among many others  There is repartee, laughter and the ever solid advice from columnist Holmes who assures the London lasses that everything gets better with a new ‘do or brighter lipstick. The show gets its title, of course, from its closing number of “Shout!,” the hard-driving Isley Brothers anthem that became a UK Top 10 hit as covered by Lulu and the Luvvers in 1964. Those were the days when “Those Were the Days,” sung by Mary Hopkins, was produced for the new Apple Records label by Paul McCartney. (The tune actually derives from a Russian folk song!) 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, 1 Lincoln Park, Midland. (C.P.O.) 

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