Ray Scott Crawford, director of Michigan City’s Canterbury Theatre’s “The Bikinis,” marveled at how quickly his four actress/singers took to the songs that make up their musical revue.
“We just started rehearsal for the first time, and they started working on the music and I was listening to the harmonies and they’re just fantastic,” he said. “They’re really going to be great.”
Opening June 20 and running through June 30, “Bikinis” is the tale of the namesake quartet, a fictional girl group from the East Coast who found their collective voice in the summer of 1964 and found success through the early '70s.
After two decades apart, the foursome – Annie, Jodie, Barbara and Karla – reunite for one night only for a fundraiser to aid residents of a mobile home, whose property is about to be sold to condominium developers.
Created by Joe Baker, James Hindman and Ray Roderick, all veterans of Broadway and national touring productions, “Bikinis” made its debut in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 2010 and has been staged throughout the country ever since.
Musically, “Bikini” pays homage to all things '60s and '70s, covering Motown and Wall of Sound classics such as “Heat Wave” and “Be My Baby” to psychedelic nuggets such as the Zombies’ “Time of The Season” and “Incense and Peppermints.” The '70s are represented by dance floor faves such as “It’s Raining Men” and “I will Survive.”
“It’s a silly jukebox musical that’s just funny and fun,” Crawford said. “The songs are full of nostalgia. I don’t think there’s anybody that will find any reason not to enjoy it.”
Canterbury’s “Bikinis” are Annie Barker as Jodi, Kailin Vannater as Annie, Rosa Campbell as Karla and Ariya Hawkins as Barbara.
Next up for Canterbury Summer Theatre is the Judy Garland-themed musical drama “End of the Rainbow,” scheduled to open July 5.