Well, this was delightful.
It was a textbook example of the American Musical, lively and entertaining from start to finish. Director Bill Jenkins is to be commended for assembling a great team and orchestrating a really fine show. The leads are great, and doubly so for stepping into such giant roles with confidence. Itís a daring feat for an actor to step into the shoes of Gene Kelly, or Donald OíConnor; Tony Yazbeck and Matthew Crowle do it and do it well.
But theyíre not the only ones on stage doing good work. The cast is uniformly wonderful. Jenkins gets the best out of every one of his ensemble members. They rocket through endless costume changes to provide dozens of incidental characters about the stage - all played with enthusiasm, craft, and attention to detail.
A show like this doesnít go from good to great without a crack squad of designers and technicians behind the scenes making the magic happen, and here Jenkins has again chosen well. Kevin Depinetís scenery is just the right balance of spectacular and understated, and itís complemented beautifully by Julie Mackís lighting - a textbook example of how to use a well apportioned theater to tell a story.
As for the story - itís Singiní in the Rain. Great fun. If you havenít seen the movie, donít: go see this show. Itíll be a treat. Youíll probably recognize a song or two. Enjoy!