Originally Published: August 27, 2015 8:33 p.m.
Step into the Wayback Machine with Mr. Peabody and take a trip to the past as TAD Management brings a tribute to Teen Idols to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center in Prescott. The show offers a walk back in time, featuring the music of famous teen idol singers of the '50s and '60s such as Paul Anka, Bobby Vee, Pat Boone, Fabian and Ricky Nelson.
Brad York, host of the show, said he had been working with TAD Management for about five years when he was approached and asked about his interest in a teen idol show.
"I had to laugh," York said, "because I don't consider myself a 'teen idol' any longer."
As the show's host, York will introduce the performers and talk about the era as a whole. A number of teenage performers will impersonate the teen idols. The show is very iconic to a whole generation of people, York said.
York said the show is exciting for him, because he grew up in the late '70s and '80s, when the idols were stars such as Madonna. While the music has changed, the fame of the people from those early years has not, he said.
Performer Alli Whitwell portrays Connie Francis.
"She's 17 years old and has a beautiful voice," York said, noting that she sings Francis' song "Where the Boys Are." "It's almost a show stopper."
The generation most represented in the audience will be singing along because they know the words to songs that were such a big part of their lives, York said. The stars portrayed represent the birth of rock 'n' roll, he said, noting the sadness of the songs that recall the tragedy of Buddy Holly's plane crash.
"It's going to be a nice walk back in time," he said.
Teen Idols will be at the Elks Theatre and Performing Art Center, 117 E. Gurley St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour before the performance.
- by Jason Wheeler. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.
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