Forever Plaid is a musical comedy. The show is an affectionate revue of the close-harmony "guy groups" (e.g. The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen) that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950's. Personifying the clean-cut genre are the Plaids, a quartet of high school chums whose earnest dreams of recording an album ended as they did: killed (literally and indeed, symbolically) in a collision with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory. The songs they sing during the course of the musical include: Three Coins in the Fountain; Undecided; Gotta Be This or That; Moments to remember; Crazy 'Bout Ya, Baby; No, Not Much; Sixteen Tons; Chain Gang; Perfidia; Cry; Heart and Soul; Lady of Spain; Scotland The Brave Shangri-La; Rags to Riches; and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
The original cast included Jason Graae (Sparky); Stan Chandler (Jinx); David Engel (Smudge); and Guy Stroman (Frankie). The musical opened May 20, 1990 at Steve McGraw's in New York City after engagements at The West Bank Cafe, The American Stage Company and The Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Musical arrangements, vocal arrangements and musical direction were by James Raitt; the show was written, directed, and choreographed by Stuart Ross.