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Five Q’s for the Soft Rock Kid

Mark Siano knows ’80s music and where to find skeleton pajamas.

By Laura Dannen February 23, 2010

They’re the best around: Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers.

If you haven’t seen The Soft Rock Kid before, here’s what you need to know: Local comedian Mark Siano and an assortment of buddies, the Freedom Dancers, celebrate all things ‘80s with their musical parody of cult classic The Karate Kid. Spandex, cheesy Phil Collins tunes, and big, big dance numbers with more than a hint of Flashdance and Dirty Dancing are included. It’s either a girls’ slumber party on stage, or a moment of genius—I haven’t decided.

But it’s very popular, and it plays at ACT Theatre for the last time ever this weekend. Before the Freedom Dancers hang up their leg warmers, Siano answers four random questions (and one legitimate one).

What’s your favorite Karate Kid moment?

When he crane-kicks the bad guy in the face at the end.

Do you know where to find skeleton pajamas like the ones the Cobra Kai kids wear on Halloween?

Try Party @ Display and Costume Supply around Halloween. [Display and Costume has stores in Seattle, Issaquah, and Everett.]

Where in the city should people go to dance to ’80s music?

Noc Noc has an ‘80s night, but I’ve yet to frequent it. The best dancing is at Neighbours (1509 Broadway) and they keep the ’80s in high rotation.

Which Phil Collins song do you like better: “Sussudio” or “You Can’t Hurry Love”?

Easy—“Sussudio” is way more fun.

Any new projects in the works?

I’m creating a new show for El Gaucho’s Pampas Room called Shaken, Not Stirred. It’s a ’50s Dean Martin-style music, comedy, and dance show that comes with an amazing four-course dinner. It starts Saturday, March 27.

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