Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 07/17/2010 1:54 PM | Comments: 0
How can a Broadway musical — theatre at its most commercial — be a fringe show?
Easy. This particular Broadway show by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell comes fringe-perfect: four actors, four chairs and one onstage accompanist. It’s also a sublimely witty deconstruction of the Broadway musical, as wannabe musical impresarios Jeff (Nelson Bettencourt) and Hunter (Joshua Balzer) attempt to rip their way out of their reality show/dead-end-job torpor and put on a show about… putting on a show. In the workshopping process, they get an assist from actress-buddies Susan (Felicia Perron) and Heidi (Tatiana Carnevale, also the musical’s director) who happily sign on to playing themselves — as long as they get to play themselves.
What makes it fringe-y is that it is steeped in the hardcore musical theatre cult, with one song in particular utilizing the titles of a dozen or so failed Broadway musicals impressively incorporated into the lyrics. The cast and the oft-neglected piano accompanist (Paul DeGurse, doubling as musical director) invest a whole lot of energy and skill in this production, and the 90 minutes fly Glee-fully by.
It may be a musical, but it ain’t Rainbow Stage (Heidi helpfully keeps score of the number of F-bombs dropped), so be cautioned about taking younger kids.
— Randall King
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
What is [title of show] about? It’s about 90 minutes...
Actually, [title of show] is a musical about two nobodies named Hunter and Jeff who decide to write a musical about writing a musical!
New York Daily News says, it’s "terrific, a kick-ass time!"
We’re proud to bring you the Winnipeg premiere of this "bottomless reservoir of fun!" (Amazon.com)
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language.
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Canwest Performing Arts Centre (Venue 9), to Saturday
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Anyone Wearing a Musical Theatre T-Shirt
Under 13 not admitted.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly