Las Vegas may be smack dab in the middle of the desert but that doesn’t mean you can’t don an itty bitty yellow polka dot bikini, grab your surf board and hit the waves with Planet Hollywood’s newest show “Surf the Musical.” Move over Las Vegas pool parties! There’s a new way to enjoy some fun in the sun in the city, and it’ll not only let you wade in the cool waters of the beach; it’ll take you back to the 1960’s where the only thing that matters is the sand and the surf and the delightful sounds of The Beach Boys music.
“Surf the Musical” made its splashy debut at Planet Hollywood earlier in the week with a sold-out show that featured some of the Strips biggest stars all in attendance to support Planet Hollywood and it’s new cheeky production. Among the celebs at ‘Surf the Musical” were Carrot Top, Frankie Moreno, Chippendales cast members, the cast from Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, Marc Savard, Josh Strickland of Peepshow, Melody Sweets from Absinthe, Thunder From Down Under and more.
And Strip stars weren’t the only ones enjoying the waves. Music lovers of all ages, but especially Beach Boys fans certainly seemed to enjoy soaking up the tanned performers, dazzling dance moves, fun costumes and scenery and almost two dozen of the Beach Boys songs in a cheery musical that tells the story of summer love set in the nostalgic times of the 1960s in a Southern California beach community.
The main plot of “Surf” revolves around surfer dude Tanner Hamilton, who’s musical dreams have him saying farewell to his surfboard and little surfer girl Brooke Pennington and heading to New York in search of stardom. But little does Hamilton know, the Big Apple isn’t what he thought it’d be and he ends up back on the beach only to discover his sweet Brooke has fallen in to the arms of bad boy Rip Turner.
The musical is designed to make audiences feel as if they are actually on the sandy beaches of California in the 1960’s and the production does an excellent job creating that feel with seamless set changes from the beach to the pier and even into suburban neighborhoods and performers dressed in their best 1960’s beach attire. But it’s the tunes of the Beach Boys, which “Surf the Musical” cleverly follows that really had the audience riding the waves on Tuesday.
It’s almost to irresistible not to get up and sing along with as the Beach Boys biggest hits including “Surfin’ Safari,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “God Only Knows,” “The Warmth of the Sun,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “I Know There’s An Answer” and so much more fill the showroom.
If you missed “Surf the Musical’s” opening night you can catch the splashy show Mondays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.. The production is dark on Thursdays.