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Pete 'n' Keely
a Musical Comedy
by Mark Waldrop and James Hindman

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 2862

SHOWING : July 11, 2008 - August 10, 2008



At a live taping of a 1968 television special, America’s Swinging Sweethearts stroll down memory lane reprising songs from their days of stardom, reliving those magical musical moments that got them where they are today, DIVORCED!

Director/Choreographer Ricardo Aponte
Costume Design Jim Alford
Sound Design Dan Bauman
Lighting Design Brad Bergeron
Wig Design George Deavours
Production/Stage Manager Courtney Loner
Musical Director Linda Uzelac
Scenic Design Chuck Welcome
Trumpet Reid Lyons
Drums John David Williams
Pete Bartel Robert Egizio
Keely Stevens Marcie Millard
Marty Eric Miller
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Lounge Act!
by green2u
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I agree with Scarecrow's review and then some. Pete 'n Keely is simply too long. One hour no intermission would've been just fine for a script that flounders in the second act (particularly the Tony and Cleo number). But leave it to the superior Stage Door Players to silken up a sow's ear script with great production value and performances . Marcie Millard remains one of the crown jewels of musical comedy in ATL--and that goes for straight comedy, too. She's in her element as Keely. Ms. Millard has obviously studied Edie Gorme and her ilk from both a vocal and a physical standpoint. And she sooooo looks the role. I truly think she was born in the wrong era! I also think she is ready for her own cabaret act. She's beyond an actress---she's an entertainer.

I've never had the privilege of seeing Robert Egizio sing and I was pleasantly surprised. I knew he was a dance man, but now I can truly say he is a song AND a dance man.

The duo obviously has great professional/personal affection for each other; most of the fun of Pete 'n Keely is watching these two so enjoy each other's onstage company. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Strong Cast and Crew Making the Most Out of a Weak Script
by Scarecrow
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Stage Door’s production of “Pete ‘n’ Keely” is good fun entertainment. What else would you expect from a 1960 television program?

The audience is part of this show as the action takes place on a television sound stage for the “live” broadcast of the “Pete ‘n’ Keely Reunion Special.” The show starts where “boy has lost girl”. Pete and Keely have been divorced for some time. Through the songs of their reunion special, “Pete ‘n’ Keely” takes the audience back in time, telling how “boy meets and gets girl”. It was obvious that once we got past the typical “fat” wife and “cheating” husband jokes, we were in for “boy gets girl back”.

Under the direction and choreography of Ricardo Aponte, “Pete ‘n’ Keely” moves efficiently though time and space, the actors finding all the highs and lows to be found in this (not so dynamic) script.

Robert Egizio and Marcie Millard portray the demanding roles of Pete ‘n’ Keely with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Mr. Egizio’s singing was stronger when partnered with Ms. Millard than during his solo moments – sometimes slightly under pitch. Ms. Millard has a powerhouse voice! A rich lower register, strong, confident belt, and a sparkling soprano voice, all on display. Her performance of “Black Coffee” was a highlight of the evening. Also Pete ‘n’ Keely’s rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” had me laughing to the point of tears, though some of the audience didn’t seem to find it as humorous as I did.

Accompanying Pete ‘n’ Keely onstage was the “NBC Orchestra”. Four musicians, led by musical director Linda Uzelac, created a beautiful, full sound and moved together through tempo and dynamic changes as one. They were a joy to watch, as they looked like they were having as much fun as the two featured performers. (Really, they were having more fun, since Pete ‘n’ Keely spent a lot of time fighting with each other.)

Details in the show were not missed by Stage Door production staff. Starting with the call-board in the lobby filled with pictures of Pete ‘n’ Keely posing with other stars of the era, pre-show music consisting of 50, 60, and 70’s TV show themes, and a clever, colorful set designed by Chuck Welcome, complete with “applause” signs, all added to the 60’s ambiance. Lots of the great color was added by lighting designer, Bradley Bergeron. Outstanding, fun costumes, (and there where numerous costume changes) were designed by Jim Alford. Loved the humongous white and pink boa-trimmed cape, and Pete’s ruffled tux shirts, colored coordinated to match Keely’s various outfits. Even Marty, the seldom seen stage manager, ably played by Eric Miller, was appropriately dressed for part. Also, the album covers - very creative. One small critique - there was a moment where the seating configuration (an “L” shape), set design (a side wall forming the orchestra pit area), and blocking (Pete’s final moments and song) converged together to hide the action from the audience seated on the stage left side of the house. Could the wall forming the orchestra been angled out more offering better sightlines?

Over all this is a very nice production, but, as alluded to above, a script that is predictable. I will be looking forward to other productions by Stage Door, and any productions with Robert Egizio and Marcie Millard.


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