Theatre Mirror Reviews - "FOREVER BROADWAY"

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Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Starlight Productions' inaugural show is "Forever Broadway", a musical revue. It contains music from the 1950's to present day with 21 songs and is performed in two acts. Director Wayne Lucas assembles a talented topnotch group of 7 vocalists for his first show which include Shane Burgo, Becca Lee, Ciara Phelps, Bruce Lackey, Elizabeth Mattos, Mary Elizabeth Perry and Jim Whitaker. Group numbers include "Something About the Night", "The Rhythm of Life", "On Broadway" and "New York, New York" from "On the Town." Wayne is aided in this show with expert musical direction by Jane Fiore Begelow on keyboards and high energy choreography by Leslie Zeile. These talented folks win a thundering round of applause at the end of this fun filled musical revue.

Wayne picked some terrific numbers for his cast, while Jane gives them the harmonic balance it needs. Leslie's choreography shines in the group numbers as the cast circles around the audience, creating a gorgeous harmony of their splendid voices. Becca's operatic mezzo voice soars in her number. Her solos are the seductive "Whatever Lola Wants" and upbeat "Part of Your World" that display her lovely voice as well as the emotion packed "I Dreamed a Dream." Jim's voice soars in "Reviewing the Situation" which stops the show with hilarity as does his duet called "God, I Hate Shakespeare" with Bruce and "Tear Jerk" with Becca as well as the awe inspiring "This is the Moment" with his powerful rendition. Another powerhouse vocalist is Shane who is a hoot in ""Mooning" duet with Becca, his booming tenor comic solo "Mean Ole Lion" and the dramatic tear inducing "Proud of Your Boy" from "Aladdin." His excellent voice leads the chorus in "On Broadway.''

Mary Elizabeth's beautiful soprano voice is heard in the lovely "Before I Gaze At You Again" and the dramatic "With One Look" from "Sunset Boulevard." She also does duets with Bruce on "You're Not Sick", "The Song That Goes Like This" and "I Really Like Him." Both her dramatic and comic moments stand out in this show. Bruce's show stealing songs include his solo "Mr. Cellophane", "I Like Him" and his other comic duet "God, I Hate Shakespeare" with Jim which everyone who has read the Bard can definitely relate to. Two very talented girls round out the cast, Ciara and Elizabeth as they sing the very funny "Step Sisters Lament" from "Cinderella" as well as some group numbers. So for a fun filled and wonderful entertainment of music, with topnotch singing and dancing, be sure to catch "Forever Broadway" by Starlight Productions. Their next show is "Weekend Comedy" in December.

FOREVER BROADWAY (3 to 20 November)
Starlight Productions, 192 Anawan St, Bldg 6, Fall River, MA
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