Westchester Broadway Theatre's THE BIKINISPublished: Friday, February 17, 2017 By: Jim DeBlasi Source: The Cue
THE BIKINIS, a musical revue now on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, is a tidal wave of fun and memorable music that will put a smile on the audiences’ faces. The songs span from the 1960’s through the 1970’s capturing some of the biggest song titles of the time, such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Chapel of Love,” “Where the Boys Are,” and “Be My Baby.” The book that weaves together the songs is at best corny and thin but the musical performances by the 4 girls - who make up the singing quartet of THE BIKINIS - is powerful, energetic and non-stop fun. The cast features the vocal talents of Katy Blake, Anne Fraser Thomas, Joanna Young and Karyn Quackenbush.
The story revolves around THE BIKINIS hosting a fundraiser on the New Years Eve of 2000 in order to save a mobile home beach resort from property developers. Throughout the night the girls take us on a journey as they look back and remember their careers, which never really progressed beyond Shore Gigs and a one hit wonder 45 record.
The lighthearted beach party feeling of the show shifts slightly in Act II as the show instead tackles more culturally relevant songs from “The Summer of Love,” along with Woodstock and anti-Vietnam protests.
Joseph Baker did a fine job as musical director and arranger. These 4 women demonstrate strong vocals and deliver each song with passion and emotion, despite the often time silly and campy patter.
The simple sets and the hint of costuming with accessory pieces may make the show feel less than the normal mainstage production for the returning patrons but it is a musical treat to enjoy. Directed and choreographed by Ray Roderick, the show runs through March 19. For reservations, call 914 592-2222.