Tuesday, July 18, 2017
A clever loophole and a fascinating theory fill this play with mystery and wonder. Steven Kunkin (Jay) can smell the cigarette smoke (the loophole). Celia Keenan-Bolger (Bee) provides the many of the questions and wonder. Anita Gillette (several Bee's) provides some, but not all, of the answers and the magic. Together this husband and wife (and wife) team plow thru life and we are aware that something is not quite right.
Don't expect all the answers. But expect a wondrous, funny, heart-warming performance by all the actors in what might be Mr. Norris' second best play.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Thanks mostly to casting outstanding singers rather than just comedic actors - Mr. Alesandrini reaches the stratosphere of success with this latest hit.
Dan Rosales (Lin-Manuel Miranda) with his long brown locks looks, sounds, and captures the nuances of his real life character. Nicole Vanessa Ortiz can belt out a tune just like Audra MacDonald and captures many of the nuances of her Hamilton characters as well as the divas that she inhabits. Chris Anthony Giles and Aaron Michael Ray play two Hamilton side kicks and literally hundreds of others with aplomb. Newcomer, Erik Hernandez, looking delicious with his shirt on AND even better off, knocks it out of the park. We even got an appropriately hysterical visit from King George - played with gay-to-the hilt at this performance by Glenn Bassett.
If you're even a tiny fan of musical theatre and enjoyed your Hamilton experience - you will definitely enjoy this slightly more off-beat interpretation! Go see it, Mr Burr, Sir.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
This classic made famous by the indomitable Carol Channing roars back to life on Broadway this spring to pure delight. Sure, the show is old fashioned, but isn't this just what the doctor ordered these days? The characters are silly, the songs are lush, and the dancing is delicious. Dolly plods on thru to get her man and makes a few matches along the way from Yonkers to New York City.
I opted to see Ms. Murphy on purpose and she didn't let me down with her spunk, pluck, elegance, and raw talent for playing a character. Wow, Wow, Wow is an understatement when it comes to this show and this production does not disappoint - the lighting, the sets, the olios (canvases with murals painted on them), the costumes and color along with the music all contribute to the non-stop feeling of exuberance and joy this show brings to the audience. When we get to the title number in Act II the audience has already contemplated an ovation twice before and at this point it is virtually un-stoppable.
Dolly, whether Ms. Murphy or Ms. Midler, is indeed back where she belongs. Wow, Wow, Wow!