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“EVIL DEAD–THE MUSICAL”–TOURING COMPANY REVIEW   Leave a comment

“EVIL DEAD-THE MUSICAL” TOURING COMPANY REVIEW

Horror scenes? Check. Vulgar language? Check. Sexual things? Check. Sexual innuendos? Check. Blood? Check? Violence? Check. Irrational actions? Check. Welcome to the world of movie horror fans, male teenagers, young male adults and their dates.

Evil Dead-The Musical is a take off, pure camp mixed with satire, of the Evil Dead movie franchise with a little Rocky Horror Show salute thrown in with the dance number Do the Necronomicon. The actors not only chew the scenery but swallow it and then spit it up in the form of blood. I am not a fan of the horror genre but I found myself laughing out loud at some really corny jokes and actions, hoping no one I knew saw me–it is that kind of show for older folks. The young ones sit in what is known as the splatter zone and love every bit of blood that gets on them.

The lyrics by George Reinblatt, who also wrote the book, and music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and Reinblatt are more than you would expect and in some cases are enhanced by some excellent choreography by Stacey Renee Maroske with a couple of numbers stopping the show.
Callie Johnson and Ryan McBride playing dual roles seem to be having as much fun as the audience. David Sajewich, in the lead role as Ash, sings, dances, acts, plays broad comedy, cuts off his hand, saws off his girlfriend’s head, handles a shotgun and gets into physical fights not only looks the role but makes everything seem like he does all this in real life naturally. Aiding and abetting the actors mentioned are Julie Baird, Demi Zaino, Creg Sclavi, Ryan Czerwonko, Jessica Kingsdale along with Andrew Di Rosa, as Jake, who almost steals the show with the song Good Old Reliable Jake.

All you have to know is that 5 friends are going to a cabin for the weekend for fun and games and there is only one road going to and from the cabin and they are surrounded by woods. Oh yes there is the evil book, the Necronomicon.

There were, obviously, many fans of the musical in addition to horror movies but even if you aren’t one of the latter don’t worry when and where you laugh because others will be laughing too.

Posted November 24, 2014 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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“CINDERELLA”–MUSICAL TOURING COMPANY REVIEW   Leave a comment

“Cinderella”, at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, continues the magic that only musical theatre can bring to the stage. There is the magic of women, three times, changing from rags into beautiful ball gowns right before your eyes just by twirling around. There is the magic seeing a pumpkin turned into a carriage with mice turned into horses to a fox and raccoon turned into human acrobatic dancers.

Most of all there is the magic of hearing a score with music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, written in 1957, come alive in 2014 that you will hum on your way out of the theatre. From the introspect of Cinderella’s (Paige Faure) “In My Own Little Corner” to her stepsister Charlotte’s (Aymee Garcia) funny “Stepsister’s Lament” to the duet between the fairy godmother Marie (Kecia Lewis) and Cinderella singing “It’s Possible”, not to forget Marie belting out “There’s Music In You” all adding magic to a favorite fairytale.

Whether it is watching the Prince (Andy Jones) and Cinderella waltzing or listening to their duet of “Ten Minutes Ago” or having the Prince sing, in wonder, “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful ?” you know you are seeing the love story that we all want to come true and remember hearing as children.

Add to all that magic the strong supporting performances of Blake Hammond as the Prime Minister Sebastian, his herald Antoine L. Smith, Cinderella’s other stepsister Gabrielle, played by Ashley Park, Beth Glover as the stepmother and David Andino as a rebel who wants to make things right along with a strong ensemble and you are transported to the world of American musical theatre.

When you go to see the magic of “Cinderella” if you meet the costume designer William Ivey Long please ask him how he did Cinderella and Marie’s dress changes, or if you figure it, out please DON’T tell me!

Running time 2 hours and 10 minutes with a 20 minute intermission.
Will next be going to Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Charlotte, N.C.

Next at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami “The Book of Mormon” December 2-14

Posted October 30, 2014 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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