Maestro Arts & Reviews


October 01, 2002

Theater Reviews




LONG BEACH, CA - In an era of new musicals and revivals with all new productions, it was a delight to this vintage production of the old Broadway standard, Showboat.  Staying true to the original production, the sets were simple but classy, with the exception of the extravagant riverboat and the inside theater.  The costumer, Thomas Marquez, outdid himself, and captured the true essence of the period.   Dan Tullis’ performance as Joe was brilliant, giving the audience chills when he sang the ever famous “Ol' Man River.” All the leading parts were very strong and the dancing kept the energy moving in this dramatic production.  The orchestra was romantic and sweeping much like the true grandiose nature of the mighty river.  The Carpenter Center in Long Beach,  the temporary home for this company, has a great facility complete wth a fascinating  homage to The Carpenters in the lobby. Don't miss the rest of the shows this season, they are sure to be equally as wonderful - M. Upward



REDONDO BEACH, CA - Another top-quality production by the Civic Light Opera of the South Bay, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was true to form.  This was one of the best casts they have had in recent shows.  Bob Amaral, playing the lead, Pseudolus, had perfect comedic timing and was truly made for this part.  It is no wonder that he was chosen to take over the part after a long line of stars in the Broadway revival of Forum.  All the performances were sensational: each one of the leads having delightful singing voices.  A notable voice was that of Ronald M. Banks who played the part of Miles Glorious, who captured the audience with beautiful resonance.  The male trio was particularly entertaining.  As with most of the CLO's production, the technical aspect of the show was top-notch.  Great job South Bay!! - M. Upward


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