A comment heard following the concert was, “I can’t believe we have this kind of show in Centerville.” They were talking about the first concert of the season sponsored by the Centerville Concert Association. The Unexpected Surfer Boys featured music by the Beach Boys and songs from Broadway. The show was at Simon Estes Auditorium on Sunday afternoon and was enjoyed by a large crowd, especially those who remembered when the Beach Boys were popular.
The Beach Boys music was presented around a script of Brad, who was getting married and his friends were hosting a bachelor party. All of this was taking place in California starting with “Surfin’ USA,” going to the future bride, “Barbara Ann,” reminiscing about former activities, “I Get Around” and “California Girls,” even working in a car medley which included “Little Deuce Coupe,” “409” and “GTO.” The quartet were very entertaining in the show using comedy, dance and involving members of the audience. I enjoyed all their songs, but I especially liked “Little Surfer Girl” and “Sloop John B” which were performed a cappella. The first half of the show ended with a medley of Beach Boys favorites like “Surfin’ Safari,” “Fun, Fun, Fun!” and “Help Me, Rhonda” while the audience batted around several Beach Balls.
The story continued following intermission with Brad and Barbara Ann planning to move to New York and the Great White Way. The three friends didn’t want the quartet to break up and they performed solo and group numbers from various Broadway shows, eventually deciding that New York might not be so bad. My favorites were Brian Norris singing “I Can Do That,” from the show “A Chorus Line” while doing a tap routine. Allen Read was fantastic singing “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha” and Mitch McCarrell was terrific performing “I Want to Be a Producer” from “The Producers.” My other favorites were “The Final Countdown/Here I Go Again” from “Rock of Ages” and “One Day More” from “Les Miserables.”
This was the first of five concerts to be held in Centerville and a membership entitles music patrons to enjoy as many as 19 other concerts in neighboring cities of Ottumwa, Fairfield and Washington.