Vanguard’s box office phone lines buzzed with calls of praise for The Beat Goes On, box office attendant and student Serene Shahoud said. Written and directed by Vanguard’s Vanda Eggington, The Beat Goes On features chart-topping tunes from the 50s to the 90s. Travelling across time on a musical journey, the play highlights the changes and growth of rock ‘n’ roll through the decades while summarizing major historical events from each decade
From 50s malt shops to 90s coffee houses, The Beat Goes On explores some of the most memorable music from each decade while giving a snapshot of life at that time. The play is also an educational experience that previews the changes in rock ‘n’ roll along with the major events of each decade. Events like landing on the moon and the John F. Kennedy assassination are featured.
Expressing her enjoyment of the show, junior Glory Stewart said “young or old, there’s something in it for everyone.” It features songs and artists that every generation represented in the audience recognized and loved. The play showed that even in a generation as separated as the 90s, with headphones in and faces glued to computer screens, “people are connecting through music, and that’s why I’m a music major,” she said.
On the production side, Stewart praised the cast and crew for their ability to put together a show with so many musical numbers in such a short amount of time. The casting of students who could sing and dance to such a wide range of music was very impressive, she said. She also commended director Eggington’s cleverness in inserting icons and quips from each decade that various generations in the audience understood. Multiple times the older generations would laugh at a small comment from the narrator that the younger generations did not catch, or visa versa.
Overall, The Beat Goes On was a witty, high-energy play that captured the audiences’ hearts and imaginations through rock ‘n’ roll.
Starting on October 24, Vanguard’s Lyceum Theater will perform Mary Zimmerman’s contemporary drama Metamorphoses. To find out more about this upcoming show and to purchase tickets, click here.