Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Curtain Up"

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"Curtain Up"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Ameythist Theatre Project's current show is "Curtain Up", a Broadway Musical Revue produced, directed and choreographed by Timothy Reid and Taryn Mallard-Reid as a benefit for Saint Thomas Parish. Tim and Taryn also lead a cast of 21 other performers including 8 children in this musical extravaganza performed in two acts and containing 52 musical selections. They divide the show into 8 different segments and include many uptempo songs and ballads in the mix. A musical revue is very difficult to put together but Tim and Taryn and their talented cast plus musical direction by the talented David D'Amico make for a fun filled evening of Broadway entertainment by a bevy of wonderful performers winning them a standing ovation on a job well done.

The dancing and singing by the ensemble make the group numbers shine. Since there are too many numbers to mention in this show I will highlight some of the solo numbers. Some of the children's solos include Taylor Fox singing "I Won't Grow Up" from Peter Pan. She is a young belter who handles the difficult intervals in the number with ease. David Allard singing the ballad"Where Is Love" from Oliver beautifully and his brother Kyle playing the piano for the Charlie Brown segment. Another soloist handling the well known "Over the Rainbow" perfectly is Sara Blackwood. Some of the adults include Tim with a fabulous tenor voice which sells such diverse numbers as "Razzle Dazzle", "Mr. Cellophane", "High Flying Adored", "This Is The Moment" and "I've Got Rhythm" while doing an outstanding tap dance in it. His beautiful wife Taryn uses her great voice and plays unique and wonderful characters in her numbers including "Somewhere That's Green'', "Hold On", "In My Own Little Corner", "Happily Ever After" and "The Wizard and I".( She wears a blond wig as Audrey in the first song, plays the maid from "Secret Garden" in the second, is Cinderella in the third, Winifred in the fourth and the green faced Elphaba from Wicked.) Some comic relief in the show is done by Tim's sister Rebekah who plays Glinda in the Wicked segment, sings "Popular", sings the duet "Defying Gravity" with Taryn as well as the wonderful duet from Chess called "I Know Him So Well", solos on the comic" Adelaide's Lament" where she coughs and sneezes on cue and sings two duets with Lauren including the hilarious "Stepsister's Lament" and "For Good". Lauren Mullaney shows off her dynamite voice in some solo numbers including the emotion packed "On My Own" and "Children Will Listen". Tim and Rebekah's mom Linda Reid also gets to show off her strong voice in "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy, "With One Look" from Sunset Boulevard and the lovely ballad "Send in the Clowns". So for a look at some talented local RI people be sure to catch "Curtain Up" and the wonderful 23 member cast singing and dancing their hearts out for you.

"Curtain Up" (17 - 19 June)
Saint Thomas Church Hall, 65 Fruit Hill Avenue, PROVIDENCE RI
1 (401)447-0253

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