Forever Plaid
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Written by Stuart Ross

Arrangements by James Rait

Original Direction & Choreography by Stuart Ross

“Most any theatre company can stage an enjoyable revival of an established hit, but it is a rare thing indeed to find a revival that actually matches the excitement and energy of the original — and that is exactly what the Astoria Performing Arts Center is offering in its superb new production of Forever Plaid. What makes it all the more delicious is that they are doing this in a Queens basement. Yes, great theatre can happen anywhere!…What a pity APAC’s Forever Plaid only runs for three weeks — otherwise, I would go back time and again just to revel in it all. Kudos to APAC for carrying on its six year tradition of quality theatre in Astoria. Would that all of the outer boroughs could boast productions as delightful as this!” –

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Outstanding Director (Brian J. Swasey)
Outstanding Choreography/Movement (Brian J. Swasey)



April 28 – May 14, 2006


Forever Plaid is a deliciously goofy musical revue that centers on four young, eager male singers that were killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert back in the ‘50s. APAC will miraculously resurrect these four lucky souls for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was for only three upcoming weekends this spring.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as well as funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts. APAC extends a special thanks to Council Member Peter Vallone Jr.


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“There’s no way to anticipate the delightful performance of Forever Plaid that awaits you as you approach the entrance to The Greek Cultural Center, the temporary home of APAC…Ultimately Forever Plaid is fun for all—a well done evening’s entertainment with lots of laughs and great music. If hearing ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing’ sung by a quartet of young men makes you misty, you may just get a bit of genuine nostalgia out of the evening as well.”

“…for those willing to give their Metrocard a little use, a trip to the end of the N subway line is akin to finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…nothing short of a major success.”

“Thanks to the small house at the Greek Cultural Center, the actors were able to create a rapport with the audience. In turn, the audience took a shine to the boys and really wanted them to succeed. Judging by the applause and ovation at the end of the show, Forever Plaid did just that.”

“Director/choreographer Brian Swasey showcases each performer’s singing and satirical talents as their emotions intertwine.” -Queens Courier

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