This was a key time in U.S. culture. Not only did it help Americans still mourning the death of President John F. Kennedy, it would change the culture permanently as fever for anything British including other arts and fashion were in demand.
The audience will get a taste of the best of those bands including The Beatles; The Rolling Stones; Dusty Springfield; The Hollies; The Kinks; Manfred Mann; The Searchers; Gerry and the Pacemakers; The Zombies; Freddie and the Dreamers; and Herman’s Hermit’s who were all over the radio from 1963-67.
The cast is filled with a group of mostly 20-something performers who have embraced the era. This is the first big show for Teddy Grey, who plays a John Lennon-type in the show, saying it’s surreal going from living at home to waking up unsure of what state he’s in.
“We’re all playing characters and taking it in our direction,” said Grey. “Across the board, we’re all music nerds in the band. For me, I grew up with the Beatles and British Invasion music. My dad had a huge vinyl record collection.”
He mentioned the hardest part was musically backing up the female singers as the music is more challenging instrumentally, but they pull it off.
Along with the music, a giant video screen will enhance the experience by projecting photos of the fashion and culture of the time and of the band.
Grey said to be prepared for the show’s big finale, which he calls a party-style medley of the music.
“It gets everyone on their feet, so get ready to dance,” he said.
HOW TO GO
What: “The British Invasion – Live on Stage”
Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Ave., Springfield
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Admission: $32-60 plus fees
More info: www.pac.clarkstate.edu/shows/2021-2022-season/