note: entire contents copyright 2003 by Beverly Creasey
Reviewed by Beverly Creasey
Last summer’s SINGIN’ In THE RAIN swept the IRNE Awards and danced away with “Best Musical.” Here’s the good news. It’s back and it’s even better the second time around.
Bob Eagle’s Reagle Players are celebrating thirty-five years of bringing Broadway shows to Boston with the reprise of SINGIN’ : They recreate all the glamour and fun of the MGM movie musical (A vintage roadster even delivers the stars to a red carpet outside the theater!) but the real thrill is in seeing it live. There’s just no substitute for dozens of dancing feet, pounding the floor and lifting you out of your seat.
John MacInnis splashes his way triumphantly through the Gene Kelley deluge and Beverly Ward wins his heart as the spunky actress with the sweet voice. Heidi Karol Johnson again portrays the vacuous, vindictive silent movie star and Christopher Sutton brings down a brick wall along with the house in the famous Donald O’Connor romp, “Make ‘em Laugh.” Director Kirby Ward makes magic all over again: R. Glen Michell as the stuffy studio boss and Mark G. Brey as the harried director reprise their hilarious performances of last year and Richard Allegretto takes the pratfall this year as the overpowered sound engineer. Sabra Lewis dances the breathtaking Cyd Charisse solo and Nathan Croner again serenades those “Beautiful Girls.” If you don’t leave the theater on an emotional high (not to mention the ozone high you’ll get from all that water they’re kicking around in) then you don’t know musicals.