Forever Plaid


Writers: Stuart Ross


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Jukebox/Revue
Period, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
contemporary, a theatre
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Musical Staging
Ideal for
All-Male Cast, College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult characters


High school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis -- the “Plaids” -- are talented “guy group” -- just four nice young men who love singing harmony. They practice in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, play proms and department stores, and dream about success. When the Plaids are killed in a car accident on the way to their first big gig -- at the Airport Hilton Cocktail Bar, on February 9, 1964 -- the young men linger in limbo, as unresolved as their final chord, until the conjunction of various “astro-technical” phenomena allows them to return to Earth, perform their final concert, and hopefully win a place in Heaven -- and the deluxe plaid dinner jackets of their dreams. Will they overcome asthma, ulcers, nerves, and forgotten lyrics? Will they find the perfect chord? With a warm and clever book by Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid is a delightful, mischievous, and unashamedly heartwarming homage to the sweet and innocent sounds of the ‘50s and the ‘60s, and features harmonically spectacular orchestrations of popular hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “16 Tons,” and “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing”.

Note: While there is generally no formal dancing in the show, all four Plaids must have excellent rhythm.

Lead Characters

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