"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, June 03, 2013
FROM STAGE AND SCREEN
STAGE AND SCREEN
in concert at the Civic Theatre
him or loathe him, Lloyd Webber has written some great tunes, and it
was a back-lit, star-spangled medley of some of his classic hits that
rounded off this enjoyable programme.
concert performances give CAODS' members a turn in the spotlight, and
their audience a chance to hear numbers from shows which won't be
staged on these boards for years yet, if ever.
of Mormon, for one. You And Me entertainingly performed by Tom Tull
and Oli Budiño, as the Cameron and Clegg of the missionary movement.
Or The Bodyguard – One Moment in Time sung by Christie Hooper.
juke-box genre was represented by a Jersey Boys medley from the men,
and three Beatles numbers, including a super Hey Jude from Karen
Kelleher. And welcome light relief from Stephanie Yorke-Edwards and
Oli Budiño in Sing, which opened a classy Chorus Line sequence.
lessons in how to sell a so-so song from Richard Harrison [Jekyll and
Hyde] and Kate Smith [Skyfall].
Carr's production, with dance choreography from Joe Toland and an
excellent on-stage band conducted by MD Patrick Tucker, who devised
the show, boasted some imaginative staging, executed with polish and
style – in the opening Miss Saigon selection, for instance, or the
Cabaret-lite Bring On The Men. Elegant black costumes, with
neck-ties, braces and buttonholes in varying hues, and an impressive
lighting plot, enhanced the professional feel.
tap routines, though, and no Gershwin. For that we'll have to wait
for their Crazy for You, coming to the Civic in September.
production photograph by Christopher Yorke-Edwards