The musical "Forever Plaid," now stirring nostalgia at the Costa Mesa Playhouse has been around for a while — with two previous productions in Costa Mesa alone — but it's still well worth a visit, especially if those "moments to remember" were part of your own coming of age.
All-male, four-part harmony groups — like the Four Lads, the Four Aces and the Four Freshmen — ruled the pop charts back in the early 1950s, before Elvis and the Beatles arrived to dominate the musical scene. Creator Stewart Ross resurrected that period with his imaginary quartet, the Plaids, whose career was wiped out by a traffic accident in 1964 before they could play their first concert.
Forty-seven years later, they're reunited by a quirk in the space-time continuum, or some such reasoning, and given the chance to play that landmark concert — and cheer the grandparents in the audience.
At the local playhouse, director Stephen Hulsey is participating in his 17th version of "Forever Plaid," and has staged the show using original Las Vegas choreography. Hulsey, who doubles as music director on piano, has assembled a splendid foursome whose members spend as much time on their goofball characters as they do on their harmonizing.