“It’s sort of an escape during the holiday season, a nostalgic look at simpler times and more innocent times,” said Derek Long, who stars as Robert Goulet and Liberace in the show. The celebrities chat a bit, and then the guests sing a few of their best-known songs. In this production, Goulet is co-hosting a holiday show with Loretta Young as they greet guests such as Liberace, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Cash, Fess Parker — who played Davy Crockett in the 1950s TV series — and other celebrities of the time.
In her role as Rosemary Clooney, longtime company member Joyce Hackett will be performing such songs as “Come On-a My House,” before joining the rest of the cast for a group song to end the night. We’re trying to stay true to the era.” “Some of us were born in a year when we remember the ’50s and how the Christmases were those days,” Hackett said. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Sundays through Dec. Friday and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. When: Runs 8 p.m. Where: The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Tickets: $15.Information: 562-433-3363, www.foundtheatre.org. 18.
The Found Theatre is taking a journey back in time with a holiday show that will be filled with appearances by old-school celebrities such as Liberace, Rosemary Clooney, Robert Goulet and Loretta Young. No, the spirit of the season is not magically bringing them back to perform at the tiny Long Beach theater, but they are among the many characters in the company’s “Merry Mid-Century.”The original play takes a nostalgic look at the “warm and schmaltzy” 1950s-era holiday TV specials that featured celebrity hosts and guests.
“I think with this one I’m sure were gonna attract a lot of people that grew up in that time and I think they’ll enjoy it.” And with the tag line “Make America Merry Again,” the piece also references the current political climate, although it’s not a political show. “There were of course a lot of wonderful things about the period but also a lot of really horrible things about the period, so we’re just kind of poking a little fun at that as well.” “It’s fun to go back and look at that stuff,” Long said. And to make the audience feel as if they’re really back in the 1950s, commercials from the era will be played onstage between guests. “I just love that period, and I know a lot of people do,” said Virginia DeMoss, who takes on the role of Loretta Young while also directing the show.