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UnsungMusicalCo. Inc. Make Mine Manhattan

Make Mine Manhattan Cast, Photo Credit: Dixie SheridanOn Wednesday, March 7, 2012, I attended UnsungMusicalCo. Inc's production of the 1948 hit revue "Make Mine Manhattan," with lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt and music by Richard Lewine. Playing at the Connelly Theatre in NYC, "Make Mine Manhattan" stars Nicolas Dromard, Nadine Isenegger, Dennis O'Bannion, Greg Reuter, Gabrielle Ruiz, LaQuet Sharnell, Bret Shuford, and Kristen J. Smith.

"Make Mine Manhattan" tells the stories of New York City, from from those who live here to those who visit. From the exciting world of entertainment to the never-ending story of finding and losing love, "Make Mine Manhattan" has a song to convey the moment.

LaQuet Sharnell in Make Mine Manhattan, Photo Credit: Dixie SheridanThe cast does a good job, but the one who shined the most, was my girl LaQuet Sharnell! She really knows how to take a song and run with it and tonight was no expection! LaQuet had three solos in the show and each one was better than the one before! LaQuet's voice is a gift for all to hear and she is a singer who knows how to use her gift really well!

This is the second production I've seen from UnsungMusicalCo. Inc. and I have to say I really admire what they do. They are a not-for-profit production company whose mission is to preserve musical theatre through the restoration and presentation of osbscure but artisically sound works. They take chances and that alone is why we should support them!

Whether you are a visitor to New York City or a resident, if you are looking for a fun, forget your troubles night out, I would suggest checking out "Make Mine Manhattan" at The Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street, between Avenue A & B) through March 17. Click here for tickets!


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!