The Community College of Rhode Island's summer show is "Hello Broadway 2014" featuring 19 student performers in this musical treat. The show is divided into two acts. The first act is "Definitely Disney'' while the second is titled "From Argentina to America or Who is Eva Peron, Huck Finn and Judy Garland?". The group numbers include "Seize the Day", "Be Our Guest", "Step in Time", "Requiem" and "A New Argentina" to name a few performed with astounding harmonies in them. Director/musical director Audrey Kaiser picks the best student performers for this show and they sing and dance up a storm. Not only does Audrey play the keyboards, but she narrates, directs and musically directs this presentation. She links all the numbers together, writing the musical arrangements for them, too. Carol Lyon coached the vocalists while Margaret Hayes did the choreography which includes a tango, kick line and many other intricate dances. Their combined efforts win the hard working cast a standing ovation as their reward.
Audrey mixes the comic and dramatic moments together wonderfully. She has a phenomenal 10 piece orchestra that shines during the whole show. "Seize the Day" from "Newsies" opens the show in astounding fashion while "Step in Time" from "Mary Poppins" stops the show at the end of Act 1. The Disney section is divided into three sections about the Prince, the Princess and the Villain.Some of the standout songs in Act 1 are "Be Our Guest" led by Antonio Rodrigues who tangos up a storm in this number, "A Whole New World'' sung by Jimmy Gracik and Jessi Migliozzi, "Part of Your World" sung by Jessica Still who stops the show later with the "Evita" songs and especially "Everything Old is New Again", "Colors of the Wind" sung beautifully by Michaela Lorenzo, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" sung by Bree Perry who stops the show with her belting voice, and the soaring harmony of the men in "Cruella DeVil".
The "Evita" section of Act 2 is where the harmonies soar and the sound of the voices is incredible especially Santa Evita. Some standout songs include "Worlds Apart", sung by Quincy Gilbert and Koby Gartner, "For Good", a tear jerking tribute to Marilyn who passed away last year and sung in perfect harmony by Michaela, Antonio and Bree,and "Cabaret", another show stopping number by Bree. Antonio closes the show with "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" about Judy Garland. He not only sings the song but accompanies himself on the piano. Carol displays her expertise in several numbers including "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with "Someday My Prince Will Come" and later in the show she belts out "Swanee". She also plays the drums and narrates several sections of the show, too. Kudos to all the 19 talented cast members who make this a show to be very proud of. So for a terrific fun filled show of song and dance, be sure to catch "Hello Broadway 2014". Tell them Tony sent you.