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April 25, 2014

The Beach Boys meets 'The Hangover'

The Unexpected Surfer Boys to bring lighthearted fun to Kokomo

The Beach Boys meets “The Hangover” in a show next week that’s sure to have people on their feet.

Kokomo Community Concerts presents The Unexpected Surfer Boys at Kokomo High School May 2. The group pays homage to iconic 1960s music from The Beach Boys.

The group has been touring with this show for three years but is coming to the Midwest for the first time, said the act’s creative director Brian Noonan.

The Unexpected Boys perform two other shows, too – a Broadway tribute and a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

This show is quickly becoming their most requested one, though. It was also among the hardest to create, Noonan said.

Creating arrangements for the show was a challenge. Noonan said they had to take The Beach Boys’ five part harmonies and turn them into four part harmonies for the four guys in their group. They had to do that while maintaining the original sounds of the songs.

“That music is so incredible,” Noonan said. “Brian Wilson created some of the most haunted melodies.”

He said the Unexpected Surfer Boys rose to the challenge, though, and “nailed it.”

The group sings songs like “I Get Around,” “Surfin’ USA,” “California Love” and “Barbara Ann.” All of the group’s members are Broadway veterans, though, so they also weave a storyline into the show.

This storyline may seem very familiar. It’s very similar to the premise of “The Hangover,” a movie about a bachelor party gone awry, Noonan said.

Each of four members is a different character. There’s the groom, the best man, the nerdy guy who hasn’t been with many girls. They all form sort of a wolf pack of surfer dudes, Noonan said.

They create all sorts of tongue-in-cheek scenarios. It’s a very lighthearted show, he said.

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