Maestro Arts & Reviews


June 25, 2002

Theater Reviews



Putting It Together


NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - Putting it together with all Sondheim songs is a sure-fire evening of stage magic.  An Evening Of Simply Sondheim produced by the ELATE theater group certainly delivered.  From Sondheim's early musicals like Follies, through his big hits like Into The Woods, to songs from the movies, Sondheim's music has something for everyone.  The cast was well rehearsed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves on stage while spinning out more words than a Webster's Dictionary. The songs were well chosen for all the combinations: solos, duets, trios, etc.  The cast: Aimee Boice, Renee Laramore, Steve Niccoli, Heather Schulz and Rob Terrazas worked so well together, it would be great to see them do another show together.  Anyone up for an evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber? Well, maybe not. Nothing could top Sondeim.   - M. Upward


 "Hi There Sailor"

HOLLYWOOD, CA - Playing for months at the Celebration Theater, and held over for additional weeks, Pinafore! is a very unique and witty adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, HMS Pinafore. Marc Savage wrote the modern day lyrics to the existing score which had Gilbert turning over in his grave and the audience rolling in the aisles.  The performances were outstanding, especially the part of Joseph/Josephine played by R. Christopher StandsWith an amazing soprano voice and perfect comedic timing, he kept the audience in stitches, often forgetting that the part was played by a man. The homosexual references, many of which were present in the original script and now taken to an extreme made this a hilarious and entertaining production. Keep an eye out for further Gilbert and Sullivan adaptations from Marc Savage, they are sure to be equally as brilliant. - M. Upward


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