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Where’s Charley? by George Abbott and Frank Loesser at City Center Encores!

  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 […]

Thumbnail : Where’s Charley? by George Abbott and Frank Loesser at City Center Encores!

Where’s Charley? by George Abbott and Frank Loesser at City Center Encores!

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.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company

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 […]

Thumbnail : Paul Taylor Dance Company at the City Center—Food for Thought: Byzantium, De Sueños and Arden Court

Paul Taylor Dance Company at the City Center—Food for Thought: Byzantium, De Sueños and Arden Court

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 […]

  • A Singer’s Notes 95: The Henry Plays at Shakespeare and Company
    Jonathan Epstein undertook a courageous and largely successful project making an evening’s performance out of the Henry plays. I could have used a little more Doll Tearsheet and a little less Ancient Pistol, but I understand choices have to be made. The narrative was clear throughout, and there were some surprising and gently humorous touches […]
    Keith Kibler
  • A Singer’s Notes 94: Local Excellence… and a Rare Unamplified Performance of a Broadway Musical!
    Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre once again filled its house and earned rave applause for its production of Gianni Schicchi, by Giacomo Puccini. This opera which seems so straight out and comfortable is actually a very hard score, both vocally and orchestrally. It could fairly be called the most intricate of Puccini’s compositions. This is why it […]
    Keith Kibler
  • A Singer’s Notes 93: Denève, the TMC Orchestra, and Berlioz; McGegan and Handel; Bernstein’s Candide at Tanglewood
    The excellent Stephane Denève chose two works of Hector Berlioz for his TMCO concert. Wholly remarkable was a performance of Les Nuits d'Été. The maestro gave these songs a sound I've never heard before. It was ravishingly quiet to begin with, not unlike the nearly silent playing Simon Rattle can achieve in his Mahler performances. […]
    Keith Kibler
  • Murder Myth Married to Music—Lizzie Borden Wields her Axe at Tanglewood
    In Jack Beeson and Kenward Elmslie’s 1965 retelling, Lizzie Borden is unequivocally presented the murderer of her step-mother and father; in the opening moments, as the orchestra starts up with a scream of outrage, Lizzie runs onstage with an axe and plants it firmly in the middle of the family table. It remains there for […]
    Larry Wallach