REVIEW: These are such 'Happy Days' at Crestview High theatre

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 09:10 AM.

As returning celebrity Pinky Tuscadero, senior Angeles Alexander gave her high school farewell performance all it’s worth, belting out her numbers, including “Message in the Music” and “Legend in Leather,” with a hint of a young Aretha. We’ll miss her when she graduates next month.

We’ll also miss trooper — or is it trouper? — Wesley Barlow, whose Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli had enough Henry Winkler to satisfy the TV show’s enthusiasts, but lots of Wesley to define the role his own way.

It was Wesley’s performance that surprised me. I looked forward to Angeles’ performance. I didn’t expect Wesley’s to be so superb, and even more impressively, he put it together after the original actor had to drop out of the show as opening curtain loomed increasingly near.

“I didn’t even start with this part,” Wesley said after opening night. “I had to learn the part in three weeks.”

Alec West’s Richie Cunningham was a wonderful study in a high school senior discovering sometimes the world isn’t quite what it should be, while other times it’s refreshingly reliable.

Kudos should also be given to Michael Brooks and Zac Sticha as the Malachi brothers Myron “Count” and Jumpy respectively, whose antics — and Michael’s oversized sombrero — provided loads of laughs whenever the duo hit the stage.

Katie and Sean as Richie Cunningham’s parents were delightfully reliable, even if in his heavy glasses and his hair slicked back, Sean kept reminding me of Corey Feldman in his “Stand By Me” years.

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