I’ve never seen Kurt Elling when he wasn’t in fine voice, and this show was no exception.
The Lyric Stage Company’s entertaining production of this Tony-winner for best musical, book, and score hits most of the right noirish notes.
Leigh Barrett and her collaborators sing and act beautifully, and they are obviously having a great deal of fun performing Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s heartfelt songs about the trials and transitions of middle age.
To darken a story that already hinges on rape, murder, and cannibalism takes some doing, but the edgy Lyric Stage production pulls it off.
“Magic” reflects the Mendes touch—more than 50 years of expert piano, arranging, and production chops, and a genius for choosing the right collaborators.
The Lyric Stage Company’s thoroughly enjoyable production more than does “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim’s un-Disneyfied version of fairy tales, justice.
“Music just comes, you know? You’re harvesting potatoes, and something happens and you have to put it immediately on paper.”
The singing in the SpeakEasy Stage Company production is strong throughout; it’s easy to get caught up in the sheer pleasure of such a variety of voices.
“I like singing live; I try to sing well live, I try to prepare myself for the audience, for that room. And I care a great deal about singing live, because I think that’s the experience of jazz. Even if I’m singing Brazilian music.”
Mary Zimmerman’s Jungle Book may not have the same kind of compelling narrative and emotional depth as her Bernstein/Voltaire tour de force, but there’s plenty of magic in this Disney/Kipling mash-up.