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Review: Talented voices, with lots of glitz, tell Broadway's story at Show Palace

Pick a number, any number (as in Broadway tune), and it's likely you'll hear it during the musical revue Give Our Regards to Broadway, playing through Nov. 8 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.

Whether it's the get-up-and-dance sound of You Can't Stop the Beat from Hairspray, or the tenderly sweet Memory from Cats, the super-talented 13 singers and dancers do them up right. Indeed, director/choreographer Jill Godfrey capitalizes on the talents of each carefully chosen performer to showcase Broadway's best songs and to tell Broadway's story.

A good place to start is the lithe, expressive, appealing Ramaad Morris, who wails a dramatically harsh Jesus Christ, Superstar as he swirls around the stage in his tuxedo tailcoat, croons as smooth as silk in Mr. Bojangles, as the nimble, graceful Patrick Marshall dances like a shadow to his tune, and turns up the heat in So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard from The Wiz. Morris shows still another facet of his talents as he is quietly radiant singing Look Out, Muddy Water from Big River, gospel style. With his wide smile and copious audience appeal, this young man could really go places.

Eileen B. Lymus-Sanders, who is new to the Show Palace, has already been many places, both in regional theaters and as featured singer with Royal Caribbean International cruise lines. She shows comic chops blasting a horn in You Gotta Get a Gimmick from Gypsy, sizzles leading All that Jazz from Chicago, then rocks the house as Motormouth Maybelle (a role she's played on The Oasis of the Seas) joining You Can't Stop the Beat.

For the big Broadway classics, director Godfrey turned to baritone Mark Pennington, who nails the title song from Man of La Mancha, segueing into The Impossible Dream, and later softly caresses Bring Him Home from Les Misérables and hams it up as (I'm a) Mean Ole Lion from The Wiz.

High spots come when the lovely soprano Colleen Campbell does I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady, cute-as-a-button Alyssa Elrod declares You Can't Get a Man with a Gun from Annie Get Your Gun, Ralph Prentice Daniel hits high falsetto notes in takeouts from Jersey Boys, and Nicole Cavalani does a sweet My Own Little Corner from Cinderella.

But this show isn't just voices; it's also dancing. And what dancing it is, from twosome Campbell and Elrod burning up the floor to Hot Honey Rag from Chicago to big tap number We're in the Money from 42nd Street, with dancers decked out in glittery green and silver.

Watch for Andrew Aman, who looks 13, but is old enough to vote, Show Palace newcomer Trey Getz, carrot-topped Steve Jones, sweetheart Alexus Nagy and comic/dancer Courtney Marie Wilkins as they strut their stuff with the others in the beautifully haunting Jellicle Cats from Cats, the visually impressive ballroom scene during Masquerade from The Phantom of the Opera and several specialty numbers.

Opening night had some serious sound balance problems, with the music tracks often drowning out the singers. To compound matters, featured singer Daniel's body mic kept inching up out of reach of his voice.

That said, Pat Werner's scores of colorful costumes add pizazz, and Todd Everest's simple stage pieces work well with the myriad moods and subject matter of the show. At just over two hours, Give Our Regards provides a lot of pleasure for people who love Broadway tunes.

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If you go

Give Our Regards to Broadway, story of musical theater, continues Thursday matinees, Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch through Nov. 8 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $49.50, plus tax and tip. Show only, group and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949 or at showpalace.net.

Review: Talented voices, with lots of glitz, tell Broadway's story at Show Palace 09/28/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 5:56pm]
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