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May 16, 2013

Flashback: Singin' the Fifties

Era's music showcased in benefit

More than 20 local singers will take part in a benefit show featuring an array of 1950s music, taking on the personas of legendary singers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Sandra Dee and many more.

The singing group Share the Music performs “Singin’ the Fifties” in three performances only to benefit Gloucester Stage. Shows are Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. ;and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at Gloucester Stage’s Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. in Gloucester.

Last year Share the Music performed a benefit event featuring the music of the 1920s; during the cast party held afterward the idea of a show featuring the music of the 1950s was born. The singers have been preparing throughout the year for this event.

“We’re having a ball and we have some really fun characters developing as they prepare for the shows,” said Wendy Betts of Rockport, director of Share the Music. “We have our own costumes and everyone has researched their own character and their characters will reflect that.”

The singer performing Patsy Cline has an authentic cowgirl outfit replete with boots and Johnny Cash will dress all in signature black.

Others will sport leather jackets while performing a number from “Grease.”

“You will get a variety show of the 1950s music because there is more than one kind of ’50s music. And that’s why the costumes are so much fun — because hemlines go up and down, and there are changing hairstyles that will reflect the character,” said Betts.

The show is a musical revue set in a soda fountain shop. Featured songs include “Only You,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Mr. Sandman,” “Sincerely,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Sh-Boom,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and many other favorites. The show will close with “Young at Heart.”

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