The Community of Rhode Island's summer show is "Hello Broadway 2011" featuring both student and professionals working together. This show uses music drawn from "Hairspray", "Jesus Christ Superstar plus other selections by Andrew Lloyd Webber, A Choo Choo medley, music from "The Lion King", , Radio show girls through the decades,a Medley from "Oliver" and a brand new Disney song from "Tangled" about Rapunzel. Director/musical director Audrey KAiser picks 8 talented students and four professional performers including herself to perform these numbers ina dynamic presentation that will astound you. Not only does Audrey play the keyboards, sings, narrates, musically directs and directs but she also created this splendid evening of entertainment that enthralls the audience. She pieces all the musical numbers together and created all the musical arrangements, too.
Audrey mixes the comic and dramatic elements together perfectly, creating a show for people of all ages to enjoy. She also gives each of her performers their moments to shine during this show. The harmonies are astonishing and beautifully rendered by this exuberent cast. The student cast is Brittney Dyer, Brianne Perry, Corinne Hull, Jackie McCoy, Danielle Grilli, Jimmy Gracik, Jacob Mann and Antonio Rodrigues with student musicabs Ethan Coombs, Katie Fontaine, Mike Gingras and Chris Lacaille while the professional cast consists of Audrey, Carol Lyon and Maria Tavavarozi with choreography by Lisa Clough.
The highlights of the show include the Superstar and Oliver sets. Audrey opens the show with the musicans playing "Annie Get Your Gun" overture. All the cast does a terrific job in the show. Since there are too many songs in this to mention I will mention some of the songs the performers sang. Jimmy sings "The Nicest Kids in Town" and the duet called "Tangled'' with Corinne. The latter song is a pretty new ballad from a Disney film. Corinne who has a gorgeous soprano voice also sings a section of "Who Will Buy". Tony who is a tenor sings "Heaven on Their Mind", "Endless Night" and a section of "You Can't Stop the Beat". He also does a tap dance with Danielle and Jackie in "Anything Goes". Jackie does a great job belting out this number. Brittney and Brianne also sing a section of "You Can't Stop the Beat". Brittney also sings "Who Will Buy" as does Danielle. Brianne does a marvelous job on "Pilate's Song" and my favorite song from "Oliver", "As Long as He Needs Me". On of the funniest performers in the show is Jacob Mann who delivers the goods in "Herod's Song" and "Reviewing the Situation". Carol stops the show with her fantastic rendition of "Circle of Life" which opens the second act. She and Maria sing "It's Today and "I Could Have Danced All Night" near the start of the show. Carol also does "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and "Memory" in counterpoint with Audrey and Maria. She also does an audience participation number calling Bruce Lackey, my former director of "Pajama Tops" onto the stage as Harry in "I'm Just Wild About Harry". Maria does a bang up job on "Love Changes Everything" with the students. The group numbers sparkle with fabulous harmonies. Audrey knows her music and gets to strut her stuff in the salute to the Andrew Sisters, the Supremes and the Ponter Sisters. So for fantastic fun filled evening of song and dance, be sure to catch "Hello Broadway 2011". Tell them Tony sent you.