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“The comic performances always are solid, and the ensemble is fabulous… but Feore does not make enough of an attempt to solve the chronic Act 2 flaws in the book to this creaky vehicle for the songs of George and Ira Gershwin”
“Natalie Daradich is perfectly cast as Polly Baker – she belts “I got Rhythm” with the power of Ethel Merman, for whom the song was originally written, and has a hint of the fluttery vibrato that made Jodi Benson famous when she originated the role of Polly on Broadway in 1992.”
“As Slim, the bass player, Michael McLennan brings down the house with his jazzy little rendition of Slap That Bass, while his cowboy counterparts Steve Ross (Moose), Marcus Nance (Mingo) and Stephen Patterson (Sam) capture both the musical and comic style of the classic Gershwin numbers.”
“How to describe the exhilaration of watching these young bodies in jubilant motion in Feore’s athletic, yet elegant choreography? This is more Hunter S. Thompson territory, like getting a shot of adrenaline…”
“[Feore’s] production seems to leap into the laps of the audience, featuring auspicious festival debuts of two gifted leads, a superb cast of supporting actors and a splendid company of singers and dancers, topped with choreography that is fresh, dynamic, athletic, funny and wondrously inventive.”
“[Feore’s]choreography and Shelly Hanson’s musical direction reaches back to the very core of America’s cultural heritage: tap-dance, jazz, and the swinging, crazy, flying dances it birthed, the jitterbug and Lindy hop.”