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Summertime dreamin'

Florida Stage traditionally does a musical revue in the summer, usually something full of show tunes that appeal to its loyal and undeniably (how to say this?) vintage group of theatergoers.

Mamaspapas The Manalapan company has just announced this summer's show and -- surprise! -- it's actually full of songs that were popular after the 1940s and '50s, and in a different genre.

Dream a Little Dream, subtitled "The Nearly True Story of the Mamas and The Papas," is a bio-musical put together by Paul Ledoux and the late Denny Doherty, one of the members of the powerhouse '60s folk-rock group (that's Doherty waving in the photo at left, in back of Cass Elliot, who's beside Michelle and John Phillips).

An evolved version of a show which had an Off-Broadway run in 2003 as a vehicle for Doherty, Dream a Little Dream tells the story of the group and runs through its biggest hits: California Dreamin', Monday Monday, Dedicated to the One I Love, Creeque Alley and, of course, Dream a Little Dream.

It will play Florida Stage from June 25 through Aug. 31; right now, only subscribers and groups can buy tickets, but anyone can starting May 1.  For info, call 1-800-514-3837.

And yes, I do realize that to people in their 20s, 30s, maybe 40s, a Mamas and Papas revue might feel as old school as a Rodgers and Hart show feels to Baby Boomers.  But hey -- it's progress!