“Kiss Me Kate”; ‘just misses the-lips’ 1

Review by Danny Gaisinreviewer_Danny

In 1948, composer Cole Porter re-established himself as Broadway’s biggie with the staging of Kiss Me Kate. His previous success had been “Anything Goes” fifteen year earlier. Unlike the Gershwin’s; Rogers & Hart; Adler & Ross; the Lerner/Lowe duo; Kander & Ebb and especially the Rogers &Hammerstein II collaboration; Porter also wrote his own lyrics … some were doozies. His ironic Kate’ number about ‘brushing up on one’s Shakespeare’ still gleans giggles. Rhyming “flatter her” with ‘Cleopaterer’ or “clothes mussing” with ‘much ado about nussing’ may not quite scan – but who cares!

The 'Paduans' performing "TAMING" in "Baltimo"

The ‘Paduans’ performing “TAMING” in “Baltimo”



Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
                    The Wasserman/Leigh/Darion collaboration takes the story of Cervantes and the end 15th century Inquisition and puts all the drama into music. The theme song and such arias as “Little bird, little Bird”;” Dulcinea” and the touching “A little gossip” all have become standards even out of context. An appreciative director; a professional orchestra and a talented cast and the result can’t be anything BUT another Stratford hit.
Photo courtesy of  Michael Cooper

Ross; Hutton & Rooney - incarcerated

Ross; Hutton & Rooney – incarcerated


CRAZY FOR YOU, a super “Dancical” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
                    The bane of a writer is when one can‘t find the perfect word, noun or adjective, to describe something. Occasionally we create our own, hence, the banner-line! Stratford’s (& the directorial team of Donna Feore and Shelley Hanson) version of The Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU is about as perfect an example of entertainment that this writer has ever enjoyed. Portent: – an O.A.R. TOP TEN certainty! From the opening pre-Nevada scene, Josh Franklin sings, dances and acts as though ‘Bobby Child’ is the man’s ‘inner child’.     Photo courtesy of Cylla Von Tiedemann

"CRAZY FOR YOU", cast members

“CRAZY FOR YOU”, cast members


“From Broadway…with ‘LIKE’ ” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
Hamilton lost a major supporter of everything artistic with the passing of Pauline Zamprogna. It was only fitting that the Brott Festival presented a tribute concert dedicated to her memory and to the music that she so enjoyed. Her son, acting as an M.C. recalled the shows in which she either performed or relished. In other words those she really liked. This writer also happens to be a fan of the Broadway genre.

The soloists; Zambrogna 'mishpocha' and chorus taking their bows

The soloists; Zambrogna ‘mishpocha’ and chorus taking their bows


“The Philadelphia Story”; Appearance is everything 1

Review by Judith Robinson @ SHAWreviewerJudith Robinson
                Playwright Philip Barry makes a mockery of the upper classes in the Philadelphia Story. First produced in 1939, and made into an award-winning movie starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, it’s a wonderfully written spoof on life at the top—a well-crafted sermon on the amorality of affluence and a celebration of life without limits. It’s entertaining, thought-provoking and funny.
In order for the play to work really well, the timing has to be just right and the actors need to play off each other with a passion on the edge of madness.  Photo courtesy of David Cooper

Philadelphia Story                       Major Cast members of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, interacting More…

SHAW’s “CABARET”; challenges, educates; & sends a message through music 12

Review by Judith RobinsonreviewerJudith Robinson

The Shaw Festival’s production of Cabaret is visually stunning, musically satisfying and thought-provoking.
The two female leads—Deborah Hay and Corrine Koslo steal the show. Koslo, sings her heart out, as Fraulein Schneider, an aging landlady forced to give up her Jewish fiancé during the rise of Nazism, in Berlin. Her earthy wisdom is an anchor in a script filled with frivolous conversations and bar-drinking hijinks.
                                                       Photo courtesy of Emily Cooper

The cast of "CABARET"; Shaw- 2014

The cast of “CABARET”; Shaw- 2014