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"THE WORLD GOES ROUND"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone



MMAS's first show of their summer season is "The World Goes Round", a musical revue of Kander and Ebb songs. This terrific high energy show has only five performers in it with topnotch production values. Director Michael McGarty and musical director Nate Newton chose the best two men and three women to fill these roles. The choreography by Dori Bryan Ployer is outstanding as are the vocals especially the 5 part harmony in the group numbers. The set and the costumes add the necessary colorful touches to this thoroughly entertaining musical entertainment.

The set is designed by Michael while the colorful costumes are by Judi Olson. Musical director Nate plays over 30 numbers while Mitch Gordon plays the drums and Steve Pinner plays the bass. The five talented cast members are Brain Gustafson, Steven Kosakow, Janet Ferreri, Ashley Carina and Amanda Malyar. They sing in many varied numbers during the evening in their tenor, baritone, alto, soprano and mezzo voices while doing so. Michael gives each of them their moment to shine in their numbers while Nate and his combo are fantastic. Some of Dori's choreography is seen in "All That Jazz", "Cabaret", "New York, New York" and "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup" from "70 Girls 70." The "Cabaret'' number is done scat style while the high energy Coffee Song is a jazz number. Brian uses his powerful tenor voice in the comical "Sara Lee" number where he sings about his love for desserts and the serious ballad, "I Don't Remember You" from "The Happy Time" later done in counterpoint with Stephen's solo "Sometimes a Day Goes By" from "Woman of the Year." Brian's other comic song is "Mr. Cellophane" from "Chicago" where he wears a bright green shirt with red bow tie and then sings the poignant ballad, "Marry Me" from "The Rink." He and Steven leave the audience in stitches at the end of Act 1 when they perform "The Rink" while on roller skates. They do a tap dance with the skates while sitting down. Brian also sings the eerie, frightening "The Kiss of the Spider Woman." Steven's fantastic baritone voice is heard in "The Happy Time", "Woman of the Year" ballad, , and "We Can Make It" from "The Rink" done as a gorgeous trio with intricate harmonies. He also sings the poignant "Marry Me" and plays the seductive charmer Arthur in Janet's number which is hysterical.

The three gals also get their opportunity to shine, too. Amanda's numbers include "And the World Goes Round" from "New York, New York" movie, "My Coloring Book", Kander and Ebb's first song and first hit from 1963, "Only Love" from "Zorba" and "Maybe This Time" from "Cabaret." Amanda brings the house down with this latter number with her dynamic delivery. It is also performed later in the show as a trio. Other showstoppers are Amanda's duets with Janet "Class" from "Chicago" and "The Grass is Always Greener" from "Woman of the Year" which are hilarious. Janet's strong voice is heard in "Colored Lights" from "The Rink", "How Lucky Can You Get" from "Funny Lady" with the guys and opens Act 2 with "Ring Them Bells" from "Liza with a Z" as well as "Isn't It Better", a lovely ballad from "Funny Lady" which displays her serious side. Ashley's solos include "A Quiet Thing" from "Flora, The Red Menace" and "All That Jazz" from "Chicago" where she does a sexy dance with the whole cast. Ashley's other solo is the sexy "Arthur in the Afternoon" from "The Act", " which displays her comic chops and lovely soprano voice. The three girls also do an Andrews Sisters type number called "There Goes the Ballgame" from "New York, New York." So for a marvelous, high energy song and dance revue, be sure to catch "The World Goes Round" at MMAS before time runs out. Tell them Tony sent you.

THE WORLD GOES ROUND (3 to 19 June)
MMAS, 377 North Main St, Mansfield, MA
1(508)339-2822 or www.mmas.org




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