Welcome to the touring stage production that punches the rewind button, with no turning, or fast-forwarding, back.
Such is the power of accelerating down, not up, the slope of time.
The show is called "Decades Rewind: ’60s ’70s ’80s," a year-old touring production out of Tampa, Fla., that its co-founder and producer says has been whipping audiences into a literal flashback frenzy.
They're dancing in the aisles, if not the streets, per the cold-weather season at hand (yes, Martha & The Vandellas' trademark song is part of the incentive).
"No one sits on their hands."
The show makes its Central Illinois debut at 7 p.m. Sunday on the stage of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts as a stand-alone offering outside usual BCPA series channels.
Smile if you call it a tribute band or covers show.
According to producer/co-founder Peter Gatti, "It's a full theatrical production, with choreography, a full cast of six lead vocalists and eight musicians with horn section" (one of the latter being Gatti himself, who mans the keyboards).
The multimedia component, Gatti adds, is upped by a background bank of three large video screens that pay homage to the decade at hand, flashing clips and images of time-specific presidents, wars, cars, TV shows, rock fests, missile crises and other pop culture happenings ... from JFK to Woodstock.
"With more than 100, genre-specific costume changes for the singers," he notes.
The music is "all live," he adds, sans recorded backing tracks or anything else to cheat their way to a slicker sound.
"Which means you might hear a mistake now and then ... which is what live music is all about."
When the concept was originally brought to full touring fruition in January 2017, the trajectory was to start the show in the 1960s, work its way through the 1970s and climax things in the 1980s.
What Gatti and his crew noticed was that the beginning of the night exploded with energy, then became a bit less kinetic as the Reagan era loomed.
"There wasn't as much of a warm, fuzzy feeling at the end," says Gatti. "The ’80s seemed a little rocky."
Not that fans of that decade need fear short-changing, he says of the battery of themed medleys that are clustered around specific music trends of each decade, from the disco of the 1970s to the Woodstock beat of the 1960s.
Being the time of year it is, says Gatti, each decade also gets its own medley of time-specific holiday favorites.
The prevailing vibe, he adds, "is of a big party; the audience is left mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the night."
But in a good, non-wasted way.
Not only has Gatti witnessed audience members climbing out of the seats and dancing in the venue aisles, he's also seen overwhelming displays of emotion generated by the centrifugal force of spiraling back through time.
"I've seen tears in people who are hearing that first song that they danced with their husband or wife, or some such thing ... it can become very, very moving or touching, which is the fun of the show."
As for his own tastes, Gatti admits "I'm an ’80s rocker kind of guy who loves playing that music. But that ’60s part of the night (which comprises the two-hour show's second half, post-intermission) is where the audience really goes wild ... it was the most fun decade, and it's the most fun part of the night."