We were transported back to 1987 on Friday night as former teen idols Tiffany and Debbie Gibson kicked off their tour, Journey Through the 80’s, right here on Long Island at NYCB Theater at Westbury. With the audience immediately on their feet, many reminisced with friends and danced in the aisles like they did when they were calabrating their teenage birthdays. As Tiffany and Debbie both danced onto the stage with high energy versions of “Sisters are Doin’ it For Themselves” and “Mickey”, the former “rivals” showed nothing but love for each other.
Former “Shopping Mall Queen” Tiffany’s solo set proved that her vocal ability has only gotten stronger over the years as she belted out her own hits “All This Time”, “Could’ve Been” and “I Saw Him Standing There”, as well as the cover that put her on the map hitting #1 in 1986, “I Think We’re Alone Now”. She also brought the audience back to the rock of the 80’s by covering Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of 17′” and Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
Debbie Gibson’s set was a huge contrast to Tiffany’s, showcasing not only her own vocals, but the dancing ability of her and her backup dancers. Highly entertaining, she pulled out the same choreography that she performed in her videos “Electric Youth” (as well as spraying the audience with a few squirts from her bottle of the perfume!), “Out of the Blue” and “Shake Your Love” as well as other popular dances to a medley of 80’s songs that we all remember, including “Billie Jean”, “Rhythm Nation” and “I’ve Had The TIme of My Life”. She moved on to other sets ranging from only her with her keyboard taking audience requests to a Broadway medley. Her Long Island chatter in between songs was great, calling out all of the “Merrokian’s” from Calhoun High School in the audience as well as reciting every stop on the Babylon branch of the LIRR without faltering – proving her to be, as she said, as a “true Long Islander”.
After the solo sets, Tiffany and Debbie came together and performed the encore, Heart’s “What About Love” together, followed by the ultimate 80’s song – Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.
Overall, the show was highly entertaining and a fun trip down memory lane – especially for those who were young teenagers in 1987.