Musical-documentary, 'Beehive: The 60's Musical' to show at Emens

<p>John R. Emens Auditorium will show “Beehive: The 60’s Musical” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The show, which requires 43 wigs and 25 cans of hairspray, is a musical-documentary of the 1960s and features the music of iconic female artists from the decade. <em>Williams Street Repertory YouTube video // Photo Courtesy</em></p>

John R. Emens Auditorium will show “Beehive: The 60’s Musical” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The show, which requires 43 wigs and 25 cans of hairspray, is a musical-documentary of the 1960s and features the music of iconic female artists from the decade. Williams Street Repertory YouTube video // Photo Courtesy

What: “Beehive: The 60’s Musical”

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Emens Auditorium

Tickets: Call the box office at 765-285-1539 or purchase online.

John R. Emens Auditorium will be a time machine traveling to the 1960s with a performance of  “Beehive: The 60’s Musical” on Tuesday night.

The show is a musical-documentary of the 1960s, featuring the music of iconic female artists from the decade.

Kristi Chambers, assistant director of marketing and communications for Emens, said the show is told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in the decade.

“These young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation — all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era,” Chambers said.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the show is the presence of the “beehive” hairstyle. In fact, the show requires 43 wigs — and 25 cans of hairspray to keep them intact.

Chambers said Emens is providing several staff members to aid in the maintenance of the wigs.

“The ‘beehive’ hairstyle is recognizable with the 1960s and therefore a significant amount of detail and attention goes into ensuring that these ‘beehive’ wigs are well preserved and presented on stage,” she said.

Harmony Artists and Plan-B Entertainment are representing the show. The performance is part of its 30th Anniversary Tour. Chambers said Emens has had a long relationship with Harmony Artists.

The show is also a part of Emens’ Artist Series, a subscription-based series that’s been around since 1964 and allows patrons to reserve the same seat to each of the six to eight performances during the year.

Tickets to Artist Series performances are free for Ball State students.

The familiarity of the music in “Beehive” is what makes it a good fit for the series, Chambers said.

“Beehive: The 60’s Musical” will be at Emens Tuesday. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the box office or online.

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