The sights and sounds of the mid-1960s come alive on stage during Thomas Meloncon's musical Where Were You in '65? The set up is simple: nineteen-year-old Bobby Lee finds himself transported from present-day Houston, where cell phones and rap music are the norm, back to 1965, when both the civil rights movement and Motown were at their heights. ''Imagine that,'' laughs Meloncon, ''a boy in the '60s with his Mohawk and dropped pants.''
Meloncon, who has had his work produced off-Broadway, says the message of the play is about appreciating the past. For many, 1965 is unique in that it's a time in American history when the civil rights struggle and popular music were closely interlinked. ''I hope that [people] come to enjoy the great music of the 1960s,'' said Meloncon, ''and understand how significant it was in terms of the lyrics and how it spoke to the time.''
The musical is filled with hit songs from the era, including ''(Love is Like a) Heatwave,'' made popular by Martha & the Vandellas, ''Please Mr. Postman,'' sung by the Marvelettes, and ''My Girl,'' a signature tune for The Temptations.
6000 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Category: Music Venues
Region: Outer Loop - SE
8 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Dr. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.
Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., 2013