This jaunty jukebox musical, with book by Hagan Thomas-Jones, direction by Brian Lohmann, arrangements by David O, musical direction by John Ballinger and choreography by Michele Spears, is set in England in 1965, when London was said to swing like a pendulum. Younger Brits are divided into rival factions: The Mods are obsessed with fashion and dressing up, while the Rockers dress down in Levis, T-shirts and leather jackets. The Mods regard Rockers as roughneck hooligans, and the Rockers consider Mods fops and sissies. In a nod to Romeo and Juliet
, Mod Kate (Melinda Porto) falls for Rocker Adam (Steven Good), despite the unspoken rule that the two groups can't fraternize. A fierce rivalry develops between Adam and Simon (Scott Kruse), Kate's clotheshorse brother. When the two groups converge on the same popular night-spot, an improbable but lively rumble ensues, staged by Joe Sofranko. The rudimentary plot may be predictable but there's ample compensation by an engaging, top-notch cast, including Michael Hawley and Harley Jay as goofball Rockers. The 20 hit songs include "Downtown," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "For Your Love" and "There's a Kind of Hush." El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m. modrockmusical.com.
Sun., June 23, 5 p.m.; Thu., June 27, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 28, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 29, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. Starts: June 23. Continues through July 28, 2013