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a Musical
CATEGORY :
by Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1347

SHOWING : August 04, 2005 - September 10, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Aurora’s 10th Anniversary season opens with a bang! Murder, seduction and “All That Jazz” spice up this red-hot musical.


CAST & CREW LIST
Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez
Director Alan Kilpatrick
Production Manager Patrick Campbell
Lighting Design Rob Dillard
Choreographer Jen MacQueen
Musical Director Ann-Carol Pence
Set Design Lee Shiver
Stage Manager Amanda Sutt
Costume Design Neal Vipperman
June/Ensemble Denise Arribas
Mary Sunshine Michael Austin
Hunyak/Ensemble Kathryn Berrong
Fred Casely/Ensemble Brandon Deyette
Billy Flynn Robert Egizio
Mona/Ensemble Angela Nicole Harris
Emcee/Ensemble Luis Hernandez
Annie/Ensemble Xylina Knuckles
Roxie Hart Jen MacQueen
Aaron/Ensemble Justin Murdock
Velma Kelly Kirsten Stiff
Amos Hart Al Stilo
Fogerty/Ensemble Benji Stockton
Matron Mama Morton Rachel D. White
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REVIEWS

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if you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it, I betcha you would have sa
by Okely Dokely
Saturday, September 3, 2005
3.0
This was a very curious production, and one of the extremely rare occasions where the ensemble outshined the leads. Also interestingly enough, my favorite performance of the principles came from the person who had never performed in Atlanta until this show. A quick run-down: Robert Egizio is always a pleasure to watch. Avid readers of my reviews know I think the world of him; whether he's performing or directing, his talent can't help but shine through in whatever he has his creative hands on. Here he plays Billy Flynn - the kind of role he could play in his sleep. It was obviously well-done, but I'd like to see him be challenged a little bit and play against type. Jen MacQueen as Roxie was appealing as always. She did the best with the parts where Roxie is confident with herself - I didn't quite believe the timid and vulnerable parts toward the beginning. Finally, I warmly welcome Kirsten Stiff (Velma) to Atlanta. I promise I will see her again in something in the future.

I had to scratch my head a little bit to remember, but the last time I saw a show where I felt the ensemble yanked the rug out from under the leads was in Southside Theatre Guild's Little Shop of Horrors in May of 2004. Standouts in Aurora's Chicago were Luis Hernandez, Denise Arribas, Kathryn Berrong, and Kate Donadio. The former two, in my book, were more enjoyable in this than in 4 Guys Named Jose..., where they had more prominent roles. I had trouble taking my eyes off Mr. Hernandez and Ms. Donadio. Their varying dead-on facial expressions with the multiple characters they played drew me in every single time. Kate Donadio, of course, has the unfair advantage of having some of the best genes out there. She is the daughter of one of my long-time favorite Atlanta actors. Ms. Berrong deserves mad props for her Hunyak, and other characters in the courtroom scene, the characterizations for which were like night and day, and changed on a dime. It would have been so easy to steal the scene, but she was generous with the focus. Not an easy thing to do. As for Mary Sunshine, I couldn't understand a word this character was saying/singing about 85% of the time. I have to also mention the young guy in the cast (the one who's about to enter college): I have a feeling they tried to divvy up the small roles as fairly as possible among the ensemble, but someone that young playing the lawyer in that one scene was distracting and a little unintentionally funny.

I'd say that Ms. Pence is probably one of the Top 5 best Music Directors in town. She gets a good sound out of her cast; I especially enjoyed the numbers sung from behind the center section of the audience, and the band sounded so good, I briefly thought they were canned. Overall, the problem with this production was that the stage is so small, it didn't razzle-dazzle as much as it should have. It was basically a unit set with a couple of subtle changes, but nothing really to write home about. I kept waiting for that extra bit of wow factor that remained undelivered. But still, I will be back for The Nerd and Guys and Dolls for sure. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
the review title got cut off by Okely Dokely
In case anyone was curious, I meant for it to say "if you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it, I betcha you would have said the same (3.5)." If I had hated the production, I'd have titled the review "you can look right through it, walk right by it, and never know it's there."
well you have a point by mediahound
you know they spent i think $53,000
dollars on this show. yes that was thousands!!!!!!!!!so weak should not be part of any review but the leads were just weak and the directing was just weak, musically well done and costumes did pop but i was also disappointed i look forward for their halloween thing with pence doing music it should be good


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