Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 8, 2013


Musical revue with 50 familiar tunes coming to PAC Saturday

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — Appearing in “Hooray for Hollywood” has been a thrill for dancer Lenny Vasile.

“My favorite is ‘Singing in the Rain’ because I’m a tap dancer and when I was growing up, that was one of my favorite movies,” he said, noting at 23, he already has been dancing for 20 years.

“My mother was a dance teacher and she got me into it,” he said. “I loved it, but it’s not always easy having your child as a student, so I went on to take classes from other instructors.”

“Hooray for Hollywood” is a stage revue of some of the most popular musical stage shows and movies of the last 50 years. It went on tour this week after playing at The Palace in Myrtle Beach for two years and will come to the Paramount Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The cast of 14 singers and dancers plus a six-piece band will present songs from classics such as “The Glen Miller Story” and “Jailhouse Rock” to more recent shows such as “Grease” and “Dancing Queen.” The show also will include scenes from beloved movies such as “Dirty Dancing” and “Titanic.”

It’s during those movie clips that more than 300 costume changes will occur.

“We figured it out and it’s about 17 costume changes per person,” Vasile said. “Thank God for Velcro.”

He said costume changes must be made in as little as 45 seconds and dancers and singers rehearse making that happen with the help of dressers who hold clothing so they can jump right into it and carry on with the show.

Vasile grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for a year before starting to work as a professional dancer, first at places like Six Flags and Hershey Park. He said he’s looking forward to going on the road.

“Hooray for Hollywood” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Arts Center. Tickets start at $20 and are available by calling the PAC box office at (606) 324-3175.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.