Elizabeth Salaam 12:06 p.m., May 21
Bad news on the heaven front: for many, acceptance doesn't guarantee tenure. That's why the four singers of Forever Plaid fame return to earth for a "cosmic recertification test." Stuart Ross's frame tale is a mite much, as is some of his cloying shtick. The good news, once this yuletide sequel settles in, the four performers at New Village Arts take it from there, and these guys are good! They sing Ross's impressively orchestrated medleys and do tight harmonizing with aplomb. Credit to director Jason Heil, and special mention to Nathan Riley, who sings in three different vocal ranges and makes each sound like his natural one. [Note: due to popular demand, New Village Arts has extended the run of this show.]
Worth a try.