"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, July 29, 2013
at Brentwood Theatre
Columbus ! An unknown group, a little known "Broadway Musical"
and it's a sell-out success in Brentwood's friendly little theatre.
generations have read this story … this one will sing it !" So
ran the original Broadway blurb. Alas, there's not one memorable
number in the show – all the music is pleasantly familiar, though,
and the underscores help the show maintain its emotional momentum.
which grew out of Cathy Edkins' singing groups, have done an
excellent job, with some fine young voices – and one or two more
experienced singers – in the major roles.
Watson is Jo, the feisty aspiring writer. She brings enthusiasm, zest
and presence to this demanding role – her "Astonishing"
at the end of Act Two is a triumph. Excellent support from the other
March girls, especially Tara-Divina Gulrajani's tragic Beth, and from
Cathy Edkins' loving Marmee.
strong cast also includes Liz Gibson's formidable Aunt March
[impressively sung], Allen Clark's Mr Lawrence – a catchy duet with
Beth – Seb Mayo's slightly strange grandson, and Alec Stevens as
the shy Bhaer, with a soft accent and a strong baritone in his big
blood and guts melodramas are brilliantly recreated against an
ambitious multiple setting which features a fireplace, a piano and of
course the attic where it all began …
Women is directed by Liz Gibson and Allen Clark, with Musical
Direction by Natalie Thurlow. We look forward to their next foray
into Musical Theatre !