Magnificent 7 Show

How do I begin to describe this show?  I could tell you about the Magnificent 7 decades of music in the show, or about the 10 Magnificent singers and dancers in the show.  Maybe I could tell you about the Magnificent costumes, choreography, or memories brought back by the show.  Let’s just sum up the entire show with an appropriate word – Magnificent!

It had been some time since I had seen the show and so last night was my first experience seeing the – new to me – show.  I can tell you the show has certainly improved since then.  The show opens with “I got the music in me” and “Celebration” and the wonderful ride through time begins.  The first stop is the 1040’s.  “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, and “ I got Rhythm”.  They also tossed in some tap dancing to set the mood in the 40’s.  We were also treated to Tamra Holden and Joe Tinoco’s 3-year-old daughter Talia singing “You are my Sunshine”.

On to the 1950’s we go with “Papa Loves Mambo”, and “Que Sara Sara”.  Now that’s a song you normally don’t here, but for me brought back memories of Doris Day.  Stephani Haygood did a wonderful job with the song.  Onward to “Jambalaya” – Oh Me Oh My Oh and the Tennesee Waltz.  Joe and Tamara come out to dance the waltz to this song being sung by Rachel Martin, Stephani Haygood, and Elisha Conner.  Tamara’s gown for the waltz is something to see – Beautiful!  And what would the 50’s be without “Peggy Sue”, “Hound Dog”, “Great Balls of Fire”, or “Johnny B. Good”?

Tiffany Thompson starts of the 60’s era with “Sweet Dreams” – a Patsy Kline favorite.  Dusty Wooldridge, Larry Foster, and Justin Sasonella remind us of the Rat Pack days in Las Vegas with their rendition of “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” – complete with show girls Stephani and Rachel.  The next part almost caught yours truly on stage with Tiffany Thompson to dance with her, but regretfully I declined for my picture fans and volunteered my son instead. He didn’t mind going with her at all – she’s quite beautiful.  All the volunteers got to dance several dance steps created in the 60’s.  Sonny and Cher came out to sing their classic, “I Got You Babe”, followed by the Beatles singing “Hard Days Night”.  Doug Clifford on drums couldn’t seem to decide which hair style suited him that night.  Funny Stuff.  We ended the 60’s with a little “RESPECT” and “Dance to the Music”.

The 70’s brought us great music such as “Don’t Let the Sun” and “She’s a Lady”.  Elisha turns up the heat with “Proud Mary” and some of Tina Turners hot moves, but we’ll keep “Stayin’ Alive” with Dusty Wooldridge, Joe Tonoco, and Evan Bosworth.  You’ll love the dancing during “Last Dance” by Larry and Rachel.  I’m sorry to say I didn’t get many good pics but I put some up for you to see anyway.  The whole gang comes out to finish the song – dancing their hearts out.

Leg warmers and poofy bows start out the 80’s segment as Elisha, Tiffany, and Rachel sing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.  What would a tribute to the 80’s be like without “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” or “Thriller” – and YES they did do the Thriller dance.  Two thumbs up for this segment in the show!  We quickly move to the 90’s and listen to Garth Brooks’, “The Dance”.  Unfortunately, all my pics of Rachel’s dance are blurred.  It was so beautiful.  You’ll have to go see the show to see it.  The 2000’s brings us “Bye Bye Bye”, “Jesus Take the Wheel” and the rhythm of Stomp.

This review has gotten long so I’ll condense the rest as best I can.  Next comes a selection of  Gospel songs like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Joyful, Joyful”. You’ll hear songs from musicals Phantom of the Opera, Bye Bye Birdy, Grease, West Side Story, Hairspray, and Funny Girl.  Old time classic songs like “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree”, “Sincerely”, Little Darlin”, “I Get Around”, and “I’m So Excited”.  Of special note – the Villiage People make an appearance singing YMCA so make sure to practice your Y M C A hand gestures at home so you can join along during the show.

The last part of the show is the tribute to the veterans and Tamara singing “America the Beautiful”, followed by the cast singing “God Bless the USA”.  I, for one, am looking forward to going again to see the show.  I am sure there are things I missed from behind the camera, and if asked again to go on stage, I’ll go and have a good time.  Make sure to add this to your list of shows to see.  You won’t be disappointed.  You could even make a night of it cause they offer dinner before the show for a very reasonable price.  Dinner starts at 5:00 pm and Show begins at 7:00 pm.

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