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Entries in Douglas Carter Beane (2)

Sunday
Mar032013

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella: Empowering, Enchanting, and Entertaining

The Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, with a new book by four-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Mark Brokaw, is an empowering show that will leave you enchanted and entertained. With a stellar cast, excellent costumes, a fun set, Cinderella made me leave the theatre with a big smile on my face.

Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" on Broadway, Photo Credit: Carol RoseggLaura Osnes gave a triumphant performance comprised of her gorgeous vocals and strong acting skills as "Cinderella," while Victoria Clark was delightful as "Marie, The Fairy Godmother." It's always a delight getting to hear Victoria Clark sing; luckily I got to hear her a few times. As "Madame, Cinderella's Stepmother," Harriet Harris gave a brilliant performance. Harriet knew how to deliver each line on target. Ann Harada stole the spotlight each time she was on stage as "Charlotte, Cinderella's Stepsister." Ann's brilliant comedic timing resulted in huge laughter from the audience. Marla Mindelle also did a fantastic job as "Gabrielle, Cinderella's other Stepsister." I saw Marla in Broadway's Sister Act, but in Cinderella, she really got to show off her humorous side. Cast as "The Prince" Santino Fontana wooed the audience with his gifted voice, as Peter Bartlett ("Sebastian"), Greg Hildreth ("Jean-Michael"), and Phumzile Sojola ("Lord Pinkleton") all added much laughter to this story.

Cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" on BroadwayIn addition to the above, the one aspect of Cinderella I LOVED most was the strong message it gave of how important it is to believe in yourself and stand-up for what you want. It's essential to teach this value to people, especially young children. Going to see this show will not only introduce children (or adults) to the magical world of theatre, but it will instill the importance of following your heart. "Cinderella," "The Prince," "Gabrielle," and "Jean-Michael," all displayed this belief in themselves wonderfully. They showed everyone how you can live the life you deserve if you have a strong sense of self-worth and go after your goals.

Cinderella is a show for adults and children alike. I believe you will leave the theatre feeling stronger while still being entertained by the glorious talent up on the stage of the Broadway Theatre. If you want to be taken into a world of laughter, hope, strength, and magic, then I would definitely recommend going to see Cinderella on Broadway. Cinderella plays the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street). Click here for tickets and be sure to follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and at http://cinderellaonbroadway.com!

Thursday
Jun092011

Lysistrata Jones

I recently saw the Transport Group's latest show, "Lysistrata Jones" at The Gym at Judson in NYC. If you are looking for a fun show with some extraordinary talent, then I would recommend "Lysistrata Jones." Adapted from Aristophanes' comedy, Lysistrata, with a book by Tony Nominee, Douglas Carter Beane and music/lyrics by Lewis Flinn, "Lysistrata Jones" takes you courtside with Lyssie and her girl-power posse who, in an effort to help The Athens University basketball team win a game for the first time in 30 years, decide to stop "giving-it-up" to their basketball boyfriends until they win a game. Does Lyssie's strategy work or just cause a lot of foul balls? "Lysistrata Jones" takes student activism to a whole new level and celebrates the journey of discovering and embracing who you truly are.

Each cast member brings their own power and greatness to this show. Patti Murin brings her spirit, spunk, and big vocals to the role of "Lysistrata Jones," especially on "Where Am I Now." Fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant LaQuet Sharnell who plays "Mhyrinne," brings her comedic and sultry talents along with her unforgettable powerhouse vocals, particularly on "Don't Judge A Book," whereas fellow participant Josh Segarra, "Mick," brings his humor, sexiness, and seductive vocals throughout, but most notably his voice shines on "When She Smiles," while fellow participant Jason Tam, "Xander," shows us what he's got with his superb dancing and vocals on "Hold On." Lindsay Nicole Chambers, "Robin," demonstrates her comedic genius, wit, and smartness along with her beautiful vocals. Katie Boren, "Lampito," can sing and when she does all eyes are upon her! I wish she had a full featured solo instead of a few solo's in the midst of a song. She would have lit the place on fire even more! Linking everything together with her humor and stupendously strong, controlled, and powerful vocals is Liz Mikel, "Hetaira." When Liz starts to sing, the audience not only takes notice, but is mesmerized! Liz sparkles on every song she sings, especially "Writing on The Wall."

My favorite moment comes in the final number, "Give It Up!" which is a fantastically awesome song about being yourself, remembering to do what you love with your life, and speak up for what you believe in! This high energy song is a terrific way to end such a fun show and has the potential to become a real hit and many people's personal anthem! I know it's already become mine!

So, if you are looking for a fun show with extraordinary talent, I suggest you treat yourself to the Transport Group's production of "Lysistrata Jones" which plays at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street @ Washington Square South) through June 24! Click here for tickets!