note: entire contents copyright 2002 by Bob Guenthner
The George M. I saw at Turtle Lane, seemed to be over before I had a chance to settle in. The director, Paul Farwell "cleaned it up some," combine that with a wonderful overall presentation, made the time fly.
Brad Simanski played Mr. Cohan, showing him in a favorable light. We all know that George was a selfish tyrant. Brad sang, danced and acted like a seasoned pro. His energetic performance delighted the people who sat around me, as well as myself. A very entertaining gentleman.
I am going to return to see Chris Mack in the lead. I hear that he plays George with a heavier hand, more like the real George M. Chris is no stranger to me, I have seen him several times, and each time was pleased with his work. I am looking forward to his interpretation.
I am also looking forward to seeing the lovely girls in the show, the ensemble contained some of the prettiest girls you could ever imagine.
The gorgeous and talented Lindsey Hall played George's first wife. She has a lovely voice to go with her looks. The hug I received when greeting Lindsey after the show, proved to me that I may be old, but I'm not dead. I absolutely loved it.
The second Mrs. Cohan was done by Whitney Cohen, who was also a treat for my eyes, with yet another fine voice.
Karen Q. Clark played the mother. Her voice and looks wouldn't take a back seat to anyone, a real knock out.
The father was James Tallach. You would have to search far and wide to find an equal to this versatile actor / singer / dancer, and more. On top of that, he is a real nice guy off stage.
The choreography was outstanding. Linda Sughrue is rapidly becoming a master in her art. Not to be outshined, Julie Silverman Choreographed the first number, good work.
I guess my favorite songs were
PUSH ME ALONG IN MY PUSHCART, Lindsey
MARY, Jen Huth
GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY, Brad
Even though I have seen this show done many times at other theaters, for some reason it seemed fresh and new. Maybe it was the fantastic, colorful costumes. Maybe it was the great sounds coming from the cast. Maybe it was just a great job done by all of the people involved in the show.