“The Fabulous Lipitones” at Taproot Theatre

What can a prize winning barbershop quartet do when their tenor dies just before the national championships? Fortunately for the Lipitones, one of their members hears the golden tones of “Bob” in the background when he calls his garage. “Send Bob over!” he says. And so the members rejoice thinking their problem is solved.

Bob does indeed have a melodious voice and a quick ability to harmonize, but he’s “different,” and at least one member of the group is not able to accept “different.” So begins the very funny, marvelously musical, and thoughtful reminder that cultural differences add richness to life.

Director Scott Nolte brings forth all the underlying message of tolerance in John Markus’ and Mark St. Germain’s script, yet makes sure the humor is front and center and that the theatre reverberates with the joyous sounds of good barbershop quartet music. There are 17 songs presented within the production, and each is a delight to aficionados of the genre and an excellent introduction to those unfamiliar with it.

Jeff Berryman, Patrick Lowrie, and Greg Stone as the original members of the quartet harmonize delightfully and also manage to give their characters individuality. Brad Walker makes Bob an endearing charmer, a captivating presence, able to shake off the prejudice that greets him and win the day. And you’ll delight in Nanette Acosta’s costumes for the group’s competition appearance.

This is light entertainment at its best.

Through Oct. 18 at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle (206 781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org).

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