SATURDAY, MARCH 24th, 1984...
SHERMER HIGH SCHOOL, SHERMER, ILLINOIS...
For The Record, the genre-bending series that brings classic movie soundtracks to thrilling life on stage, returns to an exact time and place when pop culture in America changed forever.
The Brat Pack combines an entire era of cinematic history, the revolutionary teen films of the 1980s and their hit soundtracks, to create an MTV teen dream - a New Wave, synth-pop journey through the hilarious and heartbreaking world of high school.
The story follows 5 teenage archetypes, well known to any lover of The Breakfast Club, through the epic saga of growing up. From sweet sixteen to gym class, detention to prom and finally graduation, The Brat Pack is a group of the most unlikely of friends surviving the carnage of love & friendship, smashing stereotypes along the way.
Each of the five teens, and one figure of authority, is a composite of the most unforgettable 1980s film characters. Following the arch of a single character's storyline as it moves through different iterations of the same persona is a big part of the fun.
The "Geek", for example, starts as the hopeless computer nerd Gary from Weird Science, develops a little swagger singing "Try a Little Tenderness" as Ducky from Pretty in Pink, and finally breaks out of school completely, taking a day off as Ferris Bueller.
In this unique way, The Brat Pack is one part mash-up review concert, and one part story driven musical.
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From Samantha Baker kissing over her birthday cake to Lloyd Dobler with his boombox held high, the most memorable moments from ten of the best teen films of all time pop up throughout the show in surprising ways. Some are major plot points, like the teens’ antics in detention, while others are hidden within the action, secret gifts for the lifelong fans.
John Hughes didn't just reinvent the teen film, he also helped usher in a new wave of British pop music. Little known musicians from across the Atlantic suddenly had massive, chart-topping hits on American movie soundtracks.
Songs like "If You Leave", "True", & "Don't You Forget About Me" turned teenage melodrama into cultural touchstones with huge influence on everything that came after.
As much as The Brat Pack is a celebration of great films, it is also a tribute to the music that gave the movies style. The ultimate greatest hits setlist of 1980s synth pop is arranged to tell each chapter of our story.
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