An eclectic tour of hit musicals in Bethesda Little Theatre’s ‘Night Out on Times Square’

An eclectic tour of hit musicals in Bethesda Little Theatre’s ‘Night Out on Times Square’

You can get pleasure from a night of Broadway clearly show tunes — no New

You can get pleasure from a night of Broadway clearly show tunes — no New York Metropolis bus ticket wanted. Bethesda Tiny Theatre, carrying out at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Centre, brings you the Broadway displays you’ve been missing the very last two many years.

Directed by Cathy McCoskey, A Night Out on Instances Square features songs from reveals these as Birdland, Chicago, 6, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress, Occur From Absent, and Business. Jeff Hayes’s on-place piano participating in and songs way, alongside with a cast of outstanding singers/actors, make A Night Out on Instances Square a musical smorgasbord for the ears.

The ensemble in ‘A Night time Out on Occasions Square: An Primary Musical Revue.’ Image by John McCoskey.

“Rock Island” from the opening scene of The Music Gentleman (new music, lyrics, book: Meredith Wilson), was definitely slain by the Men’s Ensemble — totally acapella. The song’s timing and staccato lyrics mimicked the rhythm of steam-engine trains (“Whaddaya converse, whaddaya discuss, whaddaya talk, whaddaya speak?”).

“Keep ’em off balance and they won’t notice you never have talent” was a humorous suggestion by Martin Bestimt as he sang “Razzle Dazzle” from Chicago (music: John Kander, lyrics: Fred Ebb, reserve: Ebb and Bob Fosse). The lovely Alicia Braxton and Lauren Emanuel backed up the impressive Bestimt.

“Kiss an Angel Very good Morning” by the late place singer Charlie Satisfaction was staged as if Darren Midkiff was singing to ladies at New York City’s Don’t Convey to Mama piano bar. Midkiff brought a soulful place-songs flavor to his rendition.

Jessica Cooperstock, Marissa Papatola, and Alicia Braxton in ‘A Night time Out on Situations Square: An Unique Musical Revue.’ Picture by John McCoskey.

I appreciated what Marissa Papatola did with the lyrics of “Burn” from Hamilton an American Musical (new music, lyrics, e book: Lin-Manuel Miranda). The tune was about the written correspondence involving Eliza Hamilton and her renowned husband.

The performance of “Birdland” (songs: Josef Reich Zawinul, lyrics: Jon Hendricks) was really worth far more than the admission selling price. I felt as if I was at Birdland Jazz Club. Braxton, Papatola, Aref Dajani, Arthur Glover, Eric Yeh, Justin Cunningham, Kelly Dobkins, Laura Holmes, and Melanie Mack Williams created this song a higher stage in the demonstrate.

Marissa Paptola, Melanie Mack Williams, Arthur GLover, Justin Cunningham, Eric Yeh, Aref Dajani, Alicia Braxton, Kelly Dobkins, and Laura Holmes in ‘A Night time Out on Situations Square: An Authentic Musical Revue.’ Photo by John McCoskey.

Papatola put me in a film noir detective temper with “Harlem Nocturne (Nocturne for the Blues)” (audio: Earle Hagen, lyrics: Dick Rogers). Kathleen Dacruz place her personal sultry sauce on to “What’s Enjoy Obtained to Do with It” from Tina Turner: The Musical (guide: Katori Corridor).

Glover introduced soul and fervor to “What Results in being of the Brokenhearted” (tunes and lyrics: The Temptations) from Ain’t As well Happy: The Daily life and Situations of the Temptations. Aside from singing, Emanuel also served up good choreography in numbers like “You Learn” (new music: Alanis Morissette, Glen Ballard, lyrics: Morissette) from the show Jagged Minor Tablet and “Six” (lyrics, tunes, ebook: Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss) from 6, which is about King Henry VIII’s six wives. Braxton, McCoskey, Jessica Cooperstock, Dobkins, Holmes, and Papatola played the king’s wives admirably.

I liked the duet “You and Me (But Largely Me)” from The Book of Mormon (tunes, lyrics, ebook: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone) by Leslie Blaha and Cunningham. Thanks to their functionality, it felt far more like a scene than a music to me.

Minimalist but vibrant, the stage building consisted of an upstage portray of Moments Sq. even though stage right Hayes was at the piano. There was a shelf of theater mementos downstage remaining. Grant and Lynne Wagner did a excellent position in this article.

Costume Coordinator Alice Site Smyth place the solid largely in street clothing, other than for all those executing solos, who were being dressier Bestimt’s bowler hat as he sang “Razzle Dazzle” arrives to brain.

The title of A Night Out on Periods Sq. describes precisely what it is and does for its audience. Right after you see it you will certainly be humming the tunes in the night air.

Working Time: Two several hours 10 minutes with just one 15-minute intermission.

A Evening Out on Times Sq.: An Unique Musical Overview performs by June 19, 2022, offered by Bethesda Minor Theatre accomplishing at Cultural Arts Heart, Montgomery Faculty, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Tickets ($14–$22) can be purchased by contacting 202-796-3431, at the doorway, or on line.

COVID Protection: A photograph ID and evidence (actual physical or electronic) of comprehensive vaccination, or a detrimental PCR check in the past 72 hrs, is required for entry. Immediate antigen exams will not be acknowledged. For extra info, remember to assessment the Cultural Arts Center’s COVID-19 coverage and FAQs prior to arriving.

For the protection of the solid and your fellow patrons, make sure you have on a mask and keep on being masked for the length of the demonstrate.

A Night Out on Instances Sq.

Cast
Martin Bestimt
Leslie Blaha
Alicia Braxton
Jessica Cooperstock
Justin Cunningham
Kathleen Dacruz
Aref Dajani
Kelly Dobkins
Lauren Emanuel
Arthur Glover
Laura Holmes
Brett Jordan
Gordon Kiefer
Darren Midkiff
Marissa Papatola
Melanie Mack Williams
Eric Yeh

Artistic AND Resourceful Group
Directed by Cathy McCoskey
Music Director: Jeff Hayes
Choreography: Lauren Emanuel
Costume Coordinator: Alice Web page Smyth