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*+- Where’s Charley? at City Center Encores! New York City, March 16-20, 2011 Based on Brandon Thomas’ Charley’s Aunt Book by George Abbott Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Cast: Sebastian Arcelus, Jeff Brooks, Rebecca Luker, Dakin Matthews, Rob McClure, Howard McGillin, Jill Paice, Lauren Worsham Directed by John Doyle Sometimes it can be the […]
*+-Sometimes it can be the simplest gesture that tips off an audience they’re in for a theatrical treat. In the recent City Center Encores! revival of Where’s Charley? the clue took place in the opening quartet in which two young couples alternated in duet. When they weren’t singing, the performers pulled their chests up high, linked arms and bounced subtly and elegantly on their toes in time to the music. Here was imaginative choreography where an understated move (think Fosse’s hat-tilt) said everything! Here were singers who could dance! With just one exception, the entire performance lived up to its early promise of stylish fun.
*+-City Center, New York Feb. 25 – March 15, 2009 Glorious reign. Every spring through a fortunate conjunction of stars the Paul Taylor Dance Company overlaps with the annual visit of the Vienna Philharmonic to New York. Carnegie Hall is a far more lustrous venue than dusty, musty City Center. Its Moorish plaster ceiling recalls an earlier […]
*+-Paul Taylor Dance Company at the City Center—Food for Thought: …Byzantium, De Sueños and Arden Court There are enough people who are Paul Taylor supporters that I don’t feel I need to throw myself into the ring just for the sake of safety in numbers. I can fully appreciate his dancer’s pristine technique, his keen […]