Sutton Foster has been a Tony award-winning darling on Broadway for many years and when announced she would be playing the 25 year old lead in this show, I will admit my first thought was "25?" - boy was I mistaken. Even sitting on the 2nd row (where I had amazing seats), she read so young, so vulnerable and sang the heck out of Jeanine Tesori & Brian Crawley's fabulous show. I have never seen Joshua Henry before and I have been missing out. Somehow, I've missed every Broadway show this man has done, but as Flick in this show - he brings the house down! My former next door neighbor, the wonderful Christopher Sieber plays the role that is near and dear to my heart and gives a great performance as the man that Violet is so desperate to meet. The church number literally shock the stage at City Center when a choir from Harlem joined them on the stage. The entire ensemble of 11 performers and entire pit were all wonderful and I count myself lucky being able to experience this explosive night.
Encores is known for presenting Broadway shows in a concert setting, but kudos to Jeanine Tesori (the Off-Center Artistic Director) for including off-Broadway shows such as this to give it another life. It is truly incredible to watch how much actors can get into a production they are only doing once and carrying scripts. It says much about their abilities as well as what is happening with this series.
|Greg as Preacher-man '01|
It was a true joy to be able to go back there tonight and one I'll remember for a long time.
Great job to everyone involved in this show!