The musical starts out in an idealized '50s setting, curtained behind the facade of a vintage car's dashboard. The opening theme "Neighborhood" is sung by the cast on a fire escape setting. Adrian, Fred, Ken and Victor team up for the first of many superb vocal group R&B performances during the show in "Young Blood". DeLee expresses her love for Michael in "Falling"; he answers with "Ruby Baby" and the romantic setting is extended through Ken and B.J.'s joint lead on "Dance With Me."
In the next sequence, the quartet sings "Keep On Rollin'" and a comic version of "Searchin'" in front of a stylized backdrop of R&B record labels from the '50s. B.J., Pattie, and Michael combine on "Kansas City", then DeLee and Brenda team up for the exotic-dancing setpiece "Trouble". Adrian and Pattie couple uo on "Love Me/ Don't"; B.J. follows with the first of two versions of "Fools Fall In Love."
The quartet returns with "Poison Ivy", then Brenda, draped in a red-feathered boa, steams through "Don Juan." After Victor stars in the hilarious vaudeville take on "Shoppin' For Clothes", Pattie sing "I keep Forgettin'" solo, and then the quartet returns for a rousing "On Broadway." The first act ends with Victor playing a carefree hobo in "D.W. Washburn" before finding religion in the revival-ending finale of "Saved".
Act Two begins with the cast joined onstage by the band for a hand-clapping set of "Baby, That Is Rock and Roll", "Yakety Yak", and "Charlie Brown," followed by band leader Louis St. Louis singing "Stay A While." The band retreats to the shadows as the set changes to Smokey Joe's Cafe and Pattie, seated at a table, delivers the languid "Pearl's A Singer."
DeLee leaps onto the table to gyrate in her white go-go dress during "Teach Me How to Shimmy." At the next table, Fred and Brenda arm-wrestle (she wins) while singing "You're The Boss." With the cast all seated at the tables, Ken begins crooning "Loving You." By the time he's finished, they're all slow dancing. Victor then admonishes B.J. with "Treat Me Nice" and she responds with a thunderous "Hound Dog."
Fred steps into the spotlight for the comic "Little Egypt", the the girls team up for the showstopping blues boast "I'm A Woman." The adoring guys follow with "There Goes My Baby", which segues into "Love Potion Number Nine."
Brenda begins the final sequence with a sultry reading of "Some Cats Know" followed by a flashy neon-lit "Jailhouse Rock" in which Michael plays Elvis right down to the blue suede shoes under his jail outfit. B.J. then delivers one of the musical highlights of the show with her soulful reading of "Fools Fall in Love (Reprise)". Ken and Brenda sing and dance their way through "Spanish Harlem" and Victor solos drmatically on "I (Who Have Nothing)" before Adrian leads the company through a stirring finale of "Stand By Me."
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