Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Seattle Times write up of Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers
Mark Siano's '80s music-and-dance homage at ACT
Seattle's Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers rock softly for the last time.
Mark Siano and his troupe serve up a tongue-in-cheek '80s homage.
'The Soft Rock Kid'
Break out the roller skates, bring on the Freddie Mercury unitard and get ready for some song-and-dance mayhem best described as Cheez-Whizardry.
Mark Siano, with the energetic assistance of the Freedom Dancers ("five beautiful women and one buff gay dude"), are back for one last gig before Siano tests the waters with a new dinner-theater show at El Gaucho starting in late March.
In the meantime he's serving up a greatest-hits show, "The Soft Rock Kid." This "Karate Kid" parody tells the story of how Siano and his Gang of Six "went from zeroes to heroes in three short years."
Expect old Siano classics like "Lady Heart" ("I've got to touch your lady heart / Before I touch your lady parts"), along with some new tunes and a perfectly sincere Patrick Swayze/"Dirty Dancing" tribute.
Siano & Co. will perform with a live band. 8 p.m. Fridays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 27, ACT's Falls Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $20 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer