Go “Back To The 80s” This Weekend


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Kim Castellanos, Shannon Garner, Daisy Bourne and Gabi Latimer.
Kim Castellanos, Shannon Garner, Daisy Bourne and Gabi Latimer.

Madonna is back. Last night, we popped by the VHS auditorium for a preview of this weekend’s spring musical “Back to the 80s” and there she was, belting out “Material Girl” in a rich alto and flirting with her boy toys.  Her hair was darker and she looked younger…come to think of it, the singer actually looked a lot like VHS freshman Gabi Latimer. (If you don’t believe me, check out the video, below.)

Forgive my nostalgia. Watching “Back to the 80s” is like entering a time warp for those of us who came of age in that decade of big hair and leg warmers. The show’s toe-tapping tunes include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Footloose,” “Centerfold,” “Wake Me Up Before You Go, Go,” and “Let’s Hear It For The Boys,” with live music provided by a pit orchestra of talented VHS musicians.The show is directed and choreographed by Danielle Jacobs and produced by drama teacher Dana Ahmuty. Marsha Schreier leads the show’s orchestra.

Opening night is tomorrow, Thursday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the VHS auditorium. Shows on Friday and Saturday are also at 7:30. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for students and seniors.

Here’s Gabi Latimer’s rendition of “Material Girl”. And check out MyVeronaNJ’s YouTube site for a duet by the talented Daisy Bourne and Kim Castellanos.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langanhttps://myveronanj.com
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected].


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