Theatre Mirror Review"Hello Broadway 2012"

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entire contents copyright 2012 by Tony Annicone

"Hello Broadway 2012"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Community College of Rhode Island's summer show is "Hello Broadway 2012" featuring both student and professionals working together. The show is divided into two acts. It opens with a salute to Show Biz openers. It contains a Phantom of the Opera sequence, The Big Band songs, Godspell, Les Miserables, Mama Mia, Original songs and a salute to Julie Andrews. Director/musical director Audrey Kaiser picks 9 talented students and three professional performers including herself to perform these numbers in a dynamite presentation that will enthrall you. Not only does Audrey play the keyboards, she sings, narrates, musically directs and directs this entertaining production. She links all the musical numbers together, writing the musical arrangements for each of them, too. Her fellow musicians include Brittney Dyer on synthesizer and Ken DiBiasio on percussion, creating a majestic sound to accompany the vocalists and thrill the crowd at the same time. Margaret Hayes supplies the choreography for this show.

Audrey mixes the comic and dramatic moments together beautifully, creating a show for people of all ages to enjoy. She also gives each performer their moment to shine in this show.The professional company includes Audrey, Carol Lyon and Maria Tavarozzi with student performers, Brianne Perry, Danielle Grilli, Michaela Lorenzo, Antonio Rodrigues, Jimmy Gracik, Mat Faria, Nathan Melo, Colin Boggs and Edgar-Miguel Contrera. Harmonies soar in the company numbers which include "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", ''Mame", The Phantom of the Opera songs and "Les Miserables" medley. Some of Bree's numbers include "Bless the Lord" and "Climb Every Mountain" which shows off her soprano range showing her versatility , Danielle's "Think of Me" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and Michaela's "Day by Day" and "Wouldn't it be Loverly" these songs show off their lovely voices. Antonio's include "All for the Best" and "Prepare Ye" reprise/"Lost in the Stars" which left the audience and me in tears with his powerful tenor voice, Jimmy's "All for the Best" and "Bring Him Home" with his stunning tenor voice, Mat's "Prepare Ye" and "Get Me to the Church on Time", Nathan's powerhouse rendition of "Phantom of the Opera" as well as "Come to Your Window, My Beloved" with Michaela and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with Danielle, Colin Boggs' composed an original song called "Come to Your Window" which sounds like a ballad from Phantom and "Jekyl and Hyde" and sings with Nathan in Millie and Edgar's "We Beseech Thee".

Audrey and Carol wrote an original song for this show called "I Fell in Love with your Old Song" which stops the show as a hoe down style song. Carol stops the show again doing "Le Jazz Hot' with the boys. The Two of Hearts and friends do "Mamma Mia", "The Winner Takes It All", "The Name of the Game", "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Dancing Queen". Maria's show stopping numbers are Supercacalifragilisticexpealidocious" with the guys and "Feed the Birds" with Antonio and Bree. Carol was the vocal coach for the show and the students first number is gangbusters with the harmony. So for a terrific fun filled evening of song and dance with these multitalented students and professional cast, be sure to catch "Hello Broadway 2012. Tell them Tony sent you.

"Hello Broadway 2012" (15 - 24 June)
CCRI PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT
@ Newport Campus, 1 John Chafee Boulevard, NEWPORT RI
1(401)825-1135

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