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Quality Hill Playhouse
Great Big Broadway: The Rise of the BIG Broadway Musical

Content Rating: Suitable for Everyone

Type of Performing Arts: Theatre

Written by <Unknown>
Directed by J. Kent Barnhart
(Rating: 5.0 | 1 Vote: Rating Closed) | List the 1 Review!


GREAT FINISH TO A GREAT SEASON

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
by andiam

5 out of 5

With this final show of the season, Kent has returned to what he does best--Broadway-style music--and he has assembled an ensemble up to the challenge that these big shows present, including at least two classically trained singers. Among the highlights of this consistently entertaining program were Sarah LaBarr's rendition of "Memory" from "Cats," where she really gets to show off her vocal talent, and "This Place is Mine" from the rarely performed "Phantom" by Maury Yeston. Lauren shines especially in "Popular" and "Green Finch and Linnet Bird." She may well be Kansas City's number one singing actress. Tim Noland does a credible job with "Anthem" (from "Chess") but he really comes to life with "I Want to be a Producer." The two women perform some haunting duets, including "Who Will Love Me as I Am" ("Side Show") and "For Good" ("Wicked"). Kent gives a wonderful description of the staging of "Titanic," explaining how the structure of the story and the staging gave it such incredible power. The one weakness, which I hope he will change in future performances, was his rather dismissive comments about "Chess." My granddaughter was with me, and she was surprised that the performers worked without microphones, something she had never experienced before. Getting to hear music like this without amplification is a rare treat. This is the sort of show which has made me a long-time season subscriber to QH.


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