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Review: ‘Plaid Tidings’ at Roxy’s Downtown evokes nostalgia

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Joe Boover stars in “Plaid Tidings” at the new Roxy’s Downtown.  Photo - Jeff Templin

Joe Boover stars in “Plaid Tidings” at the new Roxy’s Downtown. Photo - Jeff Templin

BY BOB CURTRIGHT

Eagle correspondent

December 03, 2014 08:04 PM

There’s enough solid close-harmonizing in “Plaid Tidings,” the holiday sequel to the nostalgic “Forever Plaid” jukebox musical about a 1950s quartet coming back from the spirit world for a concert they never got to give, to qualify as a musical. 

But the comedic interplay between the four delightfully nerdy characters named Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie seems to be competing with those glorious musical moments. Sure, the mugging and pratfalls are giggleworthy and fun. But they sometimes get in the way, giving a too casual, less precise feel to the musicality even when the quality of the voices is obvious. “Plaid Tidings,” which opened last weekend, launched the new Roxy’s Downtown.

Don Winsor as Smudge, the bespectacled worrywart of the group, goes for the lowest bass notes while Ben Balleau as Jinx soars for the stars – sometimes giving himself, according to a comic plot line, a nosebleed. Kyle Vespestad as Sparky, the goofy optimist, and Joe Boover as Frankie, the hunky matinee idol, cover everything in between as they journey through…