note: entire contents copyright 2002 by Beverly Creasey
Reviewed by Beverly Creasey
What if you could have all the showstoppers from all your favorite musicals, all in one show? It's my idea of heaven, anyway. I'd certainly pick "Cabaret" and "Chicago" ... and a few more Kander & Ebb shows. NOW WAIT A MINUTE. I don't have to Dream about it. It's "The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb" and it's up at the Reagle this week with an all star Broadway cast.
"World..." is much more than a revue because each number is staged (and choreographed by Tony titan Susan Stroman, so you know the dancing will be sensational, to say the least). Director Ron Gibbs' performances make each number feel like a miniature musical. The big thrill is in the accumulation. Just when you think nothing could top the rollerskating, tapping shenanigans (on skates yet) from "The Rink" the cast pulls out their banjoes and a happy howdown brings down the house.
Did I mention the high flying "New York New York" -- or the gorgeous ballet-tap doet ("When It All Comes True") -- or the Manhattan Transferesque "Come to The Cabaret" -- or the hilarious "Money, Money" which is even funnier than the original from "Cabaret"?
Jet Thomason leaves you gasping when he almost reaches out and grabs your throat for the terrifying, exhilirating "Kiss of The Spider Woman". Laurie Gamache whom Reagle and Broadway audiences will remember from "A Chorus Line") and Bob Walton put the red hot sizzle in "All That Jazz". Walton is a quintuple threat: he sings, dances, mimics, clowns, and plays a slew of instruments.
M. Kathryn Quinlan out-Lizas Liza with "Maybe This Time" from the movie version of "Cabaret". Zoe Vonder Haar and Quinlan cut up royally in two comic gems and then Vonder Haar turns "How Lucky Can I Get" on its head and rips it inside-out.
ALL I CAN SAY is: don't miss this "World Goes Round" or your world will be a sadder place for the loss.