Jean Brenner: Review
Valentine celebration in November
Only two more performances remain of the scintillating musicale, “This Thing Called Love” at Town & Country Players, Buckingham, giving people just two more opportunities to see this deliciously entertaining evening of a vast variety of music.
“Wonderfully diverse music,” “… beautiful voices; gorgeous harmonies...” “… fine singers with great voices.” “,,, just an amazing show!” … “…outstanding show accompanist and singer…” “…some of those soloists really knocked my socks off! …” These were just a few comments I heard appreciative audience members describe during an opening night reception after the show on Oct. 25.
Under the music direction of Anne Odland and Tom Baust with Nancy Ridgeway producing, the revue features a cast of 12, including Odland and Baust, performing both comedic and serious, familiar and unusual songs in a space transformed with an elevated stage, soft lighting, palms, round clothed tables, glittering lights.
There are solos, duets, quartets and full ensemble numbers performed on an elevated thrust stage built specifically for this show, with its edges rope-lighted to heighten the cabaret effect. At eight round tables for two with tiny flickering lamps, 16 people watch from the stage floor while others occupy the theater’s regular 150 side seats.
Baust, in tuxedo, plays the entire show at a black baby grand piano, singing one solo, but joining in all the group numbers. Different colored lighting on the black curtained backdrop set the mood for each singer’s spotlighted number.
The duets, quartets and full ensemble numbers with close harmony were especially pleasing. Every singer was precise in beginning and ending, in phrasing, in the dynamics of each part of the music, even breathing as one. Accomplishing that effect takes a great deal of training and practice and shows the directors knew what they wanted and succeeded in accomplishing it.
Featured in the musicale are Amelia Arrigo, Thomas Buckley, Michele Demsky, Maggie Griffin-Smith, Jonathan Knapp, Anne Odland, Laura Scotti, Bill Weir and David Williams. Two high school students were guest artists for one number each: Cailin Aloia, a sophomore at Gwynedd Mercy Academy and Andrew Cohen, a sophomore at Central Bucks South High School.
If you like good music … you will enjoy an evening of pleasant, often familiar music if you attend the production of “This Thing Called Love” playing at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at the Town & Country Players Theatre, York Road, Buckingham.
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or choose your own seats at the Brown Paper Tickets web site.
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