Mill Mountain Theatre’s first concert production of the season Friday evening may well be mis-named. It is called “Acoustic Legends,” but I’d prefer “The Poets.”
MMT puts together these musical celebrations (in five days) with specific themes, often using cast members from its plays and some of its staff and the reception has been very good. Tonight the theater was a near-sellout and the older crowd (including me) was treated to music it recognized and cheered.
Among the mid-20th Century musical poets celebrated tonight were Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Kenny Logins, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jim Croce and even Eric Clapton (playing a George Harrison song). There were some other notable ballads sprinkled about, accompanied by talented musicians on piano, guitar, bass and drums (three of the four singers played either guitar or piano, as well).
I will assure you that this is worthy music performed by talented people and it can especially be appreciated by the over-40 (maybe more like over-50) crowd. There is one more performance Saturday night at 7:30 and tickets are just $25. The concert lasts about an hour and 45 minutes and it’s well worth your time and money.