In 1985, I had my first apartment in Chicago. It was a 2BR, 2B for $425 - that I split with a roommate! I also had a cool boyfriend who was into punk music and John Mellencamp (who back then went by John Cougar). Trivia: We split up in 1986, but dated again in 2003 in Los Angeles.

A few years earlier I was in a cover band. We always opened with Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker". In the 2nd set we did "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", and still squeezed in Pat's version of John Cougar's "I Need A Lover". She was definitely the queen of rock at the time. Trivia: I still have the band's demo.

I was attending a theatre conservatory in 1985 and most of us girls sported a "Flashdance" look including myself. I'd shop at Amvets or the Salvation Army where I'd buy t-shirts just to cut them up. That summer I got my first pair of pink Jellies. Trivia: I use both my original '80's eyeglass frames and legwarmers in the show!

Ahhh, I want my MTV! Remember Martha Quinn? Remember music videos?  In the early days music videos didn't need to make sense.  Throw in some smoke and a horse, now close up in the horse's eye ball.  We definitely had the best of MTV in the 80's.  My favorite show was JUST SAY JULIE with Julie Brown making fun of music videos, which reminds me, when are those coming out on DVD.

Sometimes music videos had a story.  in LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar showed us that the hardship of running away from home meant becoming a private dancer and working for an evil pimp.  Then over throw that pimp but having all girls gang up on him with fantastic and memorable dance moves. A dance that would become so memorable that only Michael Jackson's THRILLER could top it.  And you if need a reminder of how absurd 80's music videos can be, just check out CAPTAIN EO at the Disney parks.  At one time, that video was considered "totally awesome".
I was just a wee lad in the 8th grade in 1985.  My high school combined middle school (7th and 8th grades) with the rest of the high school population, so you were reminded everyday just how small you really are.   Having an older brother as a senior that year really helped, because all the older girls wanted to be my friend, which helped tremendously with getting beer. 

I remember THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN with a great fondness,  and because it played on cable over and over again I could recite parts of the movie.  "Fair is fair" "She's everywhere" and of course singing "WE WILL BE INVINCIBLE".  We had so much to angry about at that age, being pushed around because we're "just a bunch of kids".  THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN taught us to cut our hair like Joan of Arc (which was so totally in) and stand up to the powers that be and we could do anything.  REVOLUTION! Isn't that what's so exciting about THE HUNGER GAMES right now?  Did I just compare BILLIE JEAN with the HUNGER GAMES? Yes I did. Mainly to get some google traffic, but also to say we love a female underdog story.
We're back with your favorite Pat Benatar tribute rock musical INVICIBLE: THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN.  An adaptation of the film from 1985 that made you cut your hair short,  sing Pat Benatar's INVINCIBLE, and yell "FAIR IS FAIR!"

Fair is fair!”  That is the rebel-rousing cry of sultry 18 year-old Billie Jean Davy (Jennifer Dohn) and her band of teenage misfits; on the run from the law and in search of truth, justice and a kick-ass haircut!  It’s the summer of 1985, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Local bully, rich-kid, Hubie Pyatt (John Cantwell), has maliciously vandalized the brand new Honda Scooter belonging to dirt poor Binx Davey (Sam Pancake): a purchase made by the 16 year-old trailer park resident with insurance money left to him by his dead father.  (Are you in tears yet?!)  It’s up to big sis, Billie, to convince Hubie’s sleazeoid father to cough up the $608 for repairs.  Fair is fair, after all! 

But things don’t go as planned.  After several sweaty moments in Mr. Pyatt’s (Hutchins Foster) back room, a gunshot, and a charge of armed robbery; Billie and Binx are furiously fleeing the state with fellow trailer park comrades in tow: 16 year-old, boy-crazy, Ophelia Bray (Beth Leckbee), and precocious tomboy, 14 year-old, Putter Jacks (Jacquelyn Denning); as well as a more than willing hostage: 17 year-old cutie, Lloyd Muldaur (also John Cantwell), son of District Attorney, Maria Muldaur (Doreen Calderon).  They’re dodging the law, fighting for their rights, saving abused children, and creating eye-popping fashion statements wherever they go!  This is the setup of the 1985 cult hit film “The Legend of Billie Jean.”   Through in a Detective (Brian Dyer) and some 80's crazed Billie Jean Fans (Nora Miller and Terry Ray) and you've got a story and plot.  We think?

A tribute musical to rock goddess Pat Benatar, you're gonna love this outrageous brand new  workshop production of  “Invincible, The Legend of Billie Jean!”  Brought to the Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre by the director/co-creator of the hit, comedic, camp-classic “Chico’s Angels, Kurt Koehler.”


If you were a kid of the 80’s, then you remember how much you loved it.    If not, then you’ll want to find out what has everyone all fired up!  So grab your heels, your legwarmers, and your best acid wash jeans, and join us…  Relive the legend!