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PUTTING IT TOGETHER
a Musical Revue
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Stephen Sondheim

COMPANY : Galaxy Music Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 1129

SHOWING : January 06, 2005 - January 22, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

PUTTING IT TOGETHER is the latest in the rousing revues of the music of Stephen Sondheim. The action of the show takes place at a cocktail party where a middle-aged couple rediscovers there love for one another and a young couple are just beginning to explore new love. Comic relief is provided in the form of a “narrator” who helps to keep the action moving. The show includes songs from many of Sondheim’s hit musicals including “Forum,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Assassins,” “Into the Woods,” and many others.


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer S. Craig McConnell
Musical Director Lenae Rose
Director Barry N. West
Stage Manager S. Craig McConnell
Drums & percussion L. Gerard Reid
Woman #2 Jennifer Hendrickson
Woman #1 Kathleen McCook
Man #1 Scott F. Rousseau
Man #3 Justin Staudigl
Man #2 Joseph Swaney
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REVIEWS

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Good Production on a not so good idea...
by KristieKrabe
Monday, January 17, 2005
4.0
First off, let me just tell you right off to ignore the first half of my review. That's right - forget it, blow it off. Go see this show and form your own opinion. Okay, now that I have said that, I will be honest and say that this show is not one of my favorites. I saw it on Broadway with a stellar cast and hated it! And I'm a Sondheim fan. I think that is why it doesn't exactly churn my butter. I actually do enjoy musical review formats, because you get to hear some beautiful music without the headache of a deeply fleshed out plot to follow. This works great in shows such as Closer Than Ever, Songs For a New World, Five Guys Named Moe, because the songs aren't familiar.

However, with Putting it Together, the songs are some very well known Sondheim pieces and it is often too hard to remove them from their original context. I had the same problem with Side By Side By Sondheim... Just do a concert and don't try to re-work the music into a new plot!

The majority of the songs come from Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. There are also a few gems from Sweeney Todd, Forum, Into The Woods, Dick Tracy, Assassins, The Frogs, Anyone Can Whistle and Sunday In The Park with George. If you are a Sondheim fan, you may find yourself playing "Name That Show" throughout the night. It's hard not to.

Okay, now PAY ATTENTION! - here's what you do need to know about this show. The cast and orchestra were absolutely terrific! Jennifer Hendrickson is making here first appearance with Galaxy and she is too sexy for words. I have only had the pleasure of hearing her sing opera, so it was a treat to hear her vamp it up on songs like "Sooner or Later" and "More". Scott Rousseau was very nice in his role as the philandering husband. The interaction between he and Kathleen McCook is wonderful. And about Kathleen - wow! She gives Carol Burnett a run for her money in this production! She does a fine job of balancing the musical and narrative elements of the Sondheim songs. Not any easy task - but every word was clear and accompanied by brilliant comic timing. Justin Staudigl is the newcomer here in the role of the Narrator, and he's not too shabby. I can't wait to hear this 19 year old's voice develop even more. And last but certainly not least is Joe Swaney - sans beard and looking very dapper! His voice shines in numbers such a "Marry Me A Little", "Pretty Women" and a sweetly re-worked "Being Alive".

The 5 member orchestra is full of richness and I particularly enjoyed Emily Cook on Oboe - I wonder if this was a family affair going on? Emily on oboe, Anne Cook on keyboard and Harrison Cook on cello...

The simple set and lighting cues work well for the show - moving the action from scene to scene. I was a little distracted by the follow spot, though. I don't claim to be a lighting designer, but it seemed to me that Onstage has too low of a ceiling for a follow spot to be effective - often the audience's heads were in the way. A minor distraction, though.

So, like I said, go and form your own opinion. Even if you know all the songs, you will still be blown away by the cast. They are all very enjoyable, and I can't wait to work with every one of them.

Take care,

Kristie Krabe

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I have a degree in music; do you want fries with that?


Kristie Krabe - Actress/Singer/Dancer
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