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Entries in Max Von Essen (4)

Thursday
Jan262017

Adam's Call: Yours Unfaithfully: Still holds court in today's world

I recently took in the world premiere of Yours Unfaithfully, by Miles Malleson, playing at The Beckett Theatre on 42nd Street. Presented by The Mint Theater Company, Yours Unfaithfully stars Todd Cerveris, Elisabeth Gray, Mikaela Izquierdo, Stephen Schnetzer, and Tony nominee Max von Essen (in his play debut), Yours Unfaithfully takes a look at the life of a couple in an open marriage and the after effects of this decision.

Yours Unfaithfully may have been written in 1933, but it stands the test of time, still holding court in today's world. I have encountered many couples in an open relationship, so this story really fascinated me. Max von Essen and Elisabeth Gray play husband and wife "Stephen and Anne Meredith." "Stephen" is an author who's creative juices have stalled, so as a way to get them flowing again, "Anne" encourages him to find excitement outside their marriage. This is where the drama starts. Lines are crossed, feelings are hurt, and emotions are high. It's very interesting to see how the one who encouraged opening up the relationship is the one who's most affected. "Anne" has a very hard dealing with "Stephen's" play time. While "Stephen" may be happier, "Anne" is suffering and starts playing around herself, which causes even more drama.

Max von Essen and Todd Cerveris in "Yours Unfaithfully", Photo Credit: Richard TermineMax and Elisabeth's chemistry is terrific! They really play off of each other very well. From the loving moments to the painful ones, Max & Elisabeth feel like a real married couple. Mikaela plays the part of "Diana" very well, the friend of "Anne" who is ultimately seduced by Max's character of "Stephen." Mikaela and Elisabeth do a great job of portraying rivals. Some of their scenes reminded of just why I love soap operas. Joining in the choas is Todd Cerveris who plays "Dr. Alan Kirby," a friend of "Stephen's" and old flame of "Anne's," who's also affected by "Stephen and Anne's" open marriage. I wish the depths of his hurt were explored more, but you get a sense of it. Rounding out the cast is Stephen Schnetzer who plays "Stephen's" father "The Reverend Canon Gordon Meredith" who tries to mend the breaking down of "Anne" and "Stephen's" marriage as well his relationship with "Stephen," his son.

Elisabeth Gray and Mikaela Izquierdo in "Yours Unfaithfully", Photo Credit: Richard TermineAs the show progresses, the drama and pain get deeper, while constantly wondering if "Stephen" and "Anne" will remain open or close things back-up. I think Miles made a good choice in how the show ends, but the questions continue long after.

Yours Unfaithfully raises many questions about love, monogamy, and relationships. What makes a couple decide to open up their relationship? Is it better to open things up rather than break-up? Is the decision to open up based upon one event or several events? Does the love you once had for each other remain or is lost when a relationship expands? Once the relationship is open, can it ever be closed? The answers won't be found in this three act, but only 2 hours 15 minutes show. They will need to be considered and thought about by you and your partner, for everyone must come to their own conclusion. What works for one couple doesn't necessarily work for another.

Yours Unfaithfully plays at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through February 18th only! Click here for tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Wednesday
Jul112012

Evita: High Flying Adored

Cast of "Evita", Photo Credit: Richard TermineTonight I saw the Broadway revival of "Evita" starring Ricky Martin as "Che," Michael Cerveris as "Peron," Max Von Essen as "Magaldi," and on Wednesday nights Christina DeCicco as "Evita." "Evita" is one of my favorite musicals and say what you will, but my first introduction to "Evita" was the movie that starred Madonna and Antonio Banderas. I loved the movie and listened to the recording all the time! To finally have the chance to see this show live on Broadway was wonderful!

Max Von Essen as "Magaldi", Photo Credit: Richard TermineMichael Cerveris as "Peron", Photo Credit: Richard TermineThe cast I saw tonight was terrific! I was already a huge Max Von Essen and Michael Cerveris fan, so to get to hear them sing is just wonderful! Max is great as "Magaldi," especially because his vocals fill the theatre! While the audience on stage is not supposed to be listening to him sing, the theatre going audience is because he has one of the most rich voices I have heard. Max triumphs on "On This Night of a Thousand Stars" and "Eva, Beware of the City." I have seen Michael in a number of shows, my favorite being "Tommy," and as usual, I was mesmerized by Michael's voice. He too has one of the most powerful voices I have heard. Michael taps into the characters he plays really well, and tonight, as "Peron," was no exception. I loved hearing him sing "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You," "A New Argentina," and "Dice Are Rolling." I have never seen Ricky Martin live, so that in itself was a real treat. For me, Ricky really shined as "Che," especially on "Goodnight and Thank You," "High Flying, Adored," "And The Money Kept Rolling In," and "Waltz for Eva and Che." I've known Ricky could dance (from his music), but it was very nice to see him do it live. Playing the role of "Evita" tonight was Christina DeCicco (who covers the role on Wednesday night and Saturday matinee performances) who embodied "Evita." She commands the stage, carries the show, and has one of the most beautiful, beautiful singing voice I have heard in a while. She sings the whole show and it was pure delight.

Ricky Martin as "Che", Photo Credit: Richard TermineSome of my favorite numbers in the show were "Buenos Aires," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "And The Money Kept Rolling In," and "Santa Evita." I loved "Buenos Aires" and "And The Money Kept Rolling In" because I thought they were very well choreographed and really showcased the cast as a whole. I also really liked "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" because it showcased Rachel Potter's gorgeous voice! She really raised the roof on that one! "Santa Evita" was great because Ava DeMary who played the role of the "Child" tonight had a soulfully big voice for such a young actress. I was blown away by her vocal quality and look forward to seeing her continue to rise.

I had a great time at "Evita." Tonight's cast was very talented and I'm glad I got to see it! "Evita" plays at the Marquis Theatre in NYC (1535 Broadway, between 45th & 46th Street). Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!

Saturday
Oct012011

Gatsby: The Songs In Concert NYMF 2011

On Friday, September 30, I attended UNSUNGMUSICALSCO.INC's, "Gatsby: The Songs In Concert" as part of the 2011 New York Muscial Theatre Festival (NYMF). Inspired by the novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Gatsby: The Songs In Concert" features the original jazz-infused score from the Broadway-bound show from 1969 (this show never materialized on Broadway).

UNSUNGMUSICALSCO.INC gathered a terrific cast for this concert: Matt Cavenaugh, Jenny Powers, Autumn Hurlbert, Megan Sikora, and Max Von Essen. Together their voices blended wonderfully together and separately each performer shined! Matt delighted the sold-out crowd on with his rich voice and suave moves on "Other People's Money" and "See You Tomorrow." Jenny's last name is Powers for a reason, her powerful vocals which dazzled on "Sooner or Later," "Bad News," and "Wish Me." Autumn's wowed the audience when she sang "Haven't We Met Before," "Watch Your Step," (along with Megan) and "Somewhere There's A Tea Party" (which was a great duet she sang with Matt). One of my favorite parts of hearing Autumn sing, aside from her belting, is when she deliberately laughs during a song (which the song called for) because it's so infectuious to everyone around her. Megan commanded the stage as she captivated the audience with "Myrtle's Parade!" Max's spotlight came on "Daisy," "Wish Me," and "Remember" (along with Jenny and Matt).

What I loved most about this concert was that the music made me think of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" a lot because "Millie" also took place in the 20s as does "Gatsby." I don't know what the future plans are for this show, but let's hope it makes another appearance with this great cast in tact!

Sunday
Mar202011

"Hello Again"

"Hello Again" plays at 52 Mercer Street in SoHo, NYCOn Sunday, March 13, 2011, I attend the Transport Group's production "Hello Again," inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's controversial 1897 play, "La Ronde," with words and music by Michael John Lachiusa and directed by Jack Cummings III at 52 Mercer Street in NYC.

This sexy, bold, provocative, smart, and intriguing show will leave you wanting more! Starring Max Von Essen, Elizabeth Stanley, Alexandra Silber, Bob Stillman, Alan Campbell, Blake Daniel, Jonathan Hammond, Rachel Bay Jones, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, and Robert Lenzi, "Hello Again" focuses on 10 love affairs throughout the 20th Century, one from each decade. The love affairs are all inclusive from straight to gay to young and old alike, which is what makes this show even more wonderful! And for those of you who were fortunate enough to see Max Von Essen and Elizabeth Stanley on tour in "Xanadu," you will be extra excited to see these two heating up the stage together once again and man do they heat things up!

The Transport Group was very smart to stage this show at 52 Mercer Street, a loft space in SoHo. The extremely intimate setting lends itself perfectly to the various stories. The action takes place all around...in front of you, behind you, to the side of you, and at times right up against you. Everyone is given their moment to shine and show off their sublime talented vocals! This is yet another well-assembled cast who's chemistry is great together! The cast has these characters down so well that they made me feel as though they are really living these lives.

"Hello Again" only runs through April 4, so treat yourself to an intimate evening of sex, love, romance, betrayal, and most of all talent at 52 Mercer Street, 4th Floor, NYC! Click here for tickets! (“Hello Again" does contain brief nudity).

On a personal note, after the show, Greg Santos, the Associate Managing Producer, was kind enough to have me meet up with Max Von Essen, Elizabeth Stanley, Alexandra Silber, and Bob Stillman, all of whom I have interviewed for "Adaumbelle's Quest." Thank you to Greg and Max, Elizabeth, Alexandra, and Bob for that amazing moment in time!

Alexandra Silber, Bob Stillman, Adam, Elizabeth Stanley, Max Von Essen