The story of Pins and Needles is fascinating and one I'd never heard before. Go see the show to get the full story, but the short version is that it was a musical created by the union to entertain and educate members and supporters, but went on to become a huge success, even performing in the White House for the Roosevelts. It was a satire of the issues facing the common people of the day, particularly the women who worked in factories and sweatshops. A way to have a little fun and bring awareness to the cause of the union. The ensemble (Christine Wade, Elena Glass, Kenyai O'Neal, and Paul R. Coate) takes turns telling this history.
|the lovely and talented ensemble (Paul Coate, Christina Wade,
Kenyai O'Neal, and Elena Glass, photo courtesy of Elision)
The one comedy sketch presented sounds as if it could have been written today, as it satirizes those in power, who can easily silence their opponents by calling them un-American. And Paul's impression of a certain White House resident makes the rhetoric feel all too familiar.
Director Lindsay Fitzgerald keeps the show clipping along with momentum, and Music Director Harrison Wade and his four-piece band sound swell. Remembering Pins and Needles plays for only two weekends, so act quickly to catch this rare piece of music-theater history!