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December 10, 2010

LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT


BABES IN ARMS AT 42ND STREET MOON

The large cast in this Original “Babes In Arms” production is just packed with showbiz musical talent. It’s an unparalleled era that we will never see again. Except of course on the stage.

The musical score is just amazing. Here is just a sample of some of the great musical numbers in the show: “Where or When” -  “I Wish I were in Love Again” – “My funny Valentine” – “Johnny One-Note” – “The Lady is a Tramp” are just some of the great tunes in “Babes”.

I loved everything about this show. Michael Scott Wells plays the exuberant teen – that wants to put on a show in a Barn. He is just a delight, and certainly headed for stardom. He will be in another 42nd Moon show later this season (Strike Up the Band.)

All of the actors show amazing charisma.  In fact, there is all over chemistry between all the actors. The solid talent really shines in “Babes”. 

I’m a sucker for song and dance numbers and there are plenty in the rousing musical. What a happy time it is when you get to watch this musical. You can almost smell Apple Pie baking in Mom’s kitchen. There actually was not a pie baking or a Mom’s kitchen – but I can imagine it.

The staging is just magnificent – and the dance numbers by Isaiah Boyd (Irving DeQuincy). He is a delight to watch (and an audience favorite) – and I might add – Brilliant!

You would not want to deprive yourself by not seeing this fresh, sweet, and bright show. ‘Come on, let’s put on a show!’ is the rallying call - for this amazing “Babes In Arms”.  As one of the actors said: “I’ve got to put on a something pure and free. I’ve got to put on a show!” And then he did.

THESE ACTORS MADE THIS ONE OF THE SMARTEST, SHARPEST, MUSICAL COMEDY I’VE SEEN IN AGES.

THERE NAMES: DANNY COZART – ANNIE DONAHEY – BEN EUPHRAT – ZAK FRANCZAK – JOSHUA JAMES – ALEXANDRA KAPRIELIAN – DIRK LEATHERMAN – SOPHIA ROSE MORRIS – CORINNE PROCTOR – TYNER RUSHING -  JOHATHAN SHUE – GABRIEL STEPHENS – MICHAEL SCOTT WELLS – ISIAH BOYD. 

AT THE 42ND STREET MOON – EUREKA THEATRE
DIRECTED BY: DYAN McBRIDE (Stunning work)

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hosted a long-running arts segment on PBS KQED)))



 





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