BWW Review: A RUDOLPH For the Ages

Known for the comedy and raunchy parody they reliably provide year after year, the Orphans have upped their game with dance ability, musical skills, and recorded big band accompaniment. There are some terrific voices in the chorus, but Jones and Miles in particular blow the audience away with a gospel-like song in the second act, and Lott will have you believing that Drew Barrymore is a songstress when she belts out “Sweet Nothings” with a pair of ET’s backing her up.  Landry’s lyrics breathe new life into other old songs like “Sisters” (now “Together”) and The Coasters’ “Little Egypt - Ying Yang” (“Dangerous Toys”).  

Despite being the new kid on the block, Wood acquits himself well in the lead role. It doesn’t hurt that he plays against veteran troupers Another, Dante, Landry, and Champayne, all of whom consistently inhabit their characters, and they all milk every last drop of comedy from Landry’s script. I don’t want to give away any specifics, but there are sight gags galore (even a couple that might make you gag), and I dare you to leave the theater without a stitch in your side and a song of the season in your head. Just one caveat: leave the children at home.

Photo credit: Michael von Redlich (Tim Lawton, Jesse James Wood)



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Nancy Grossman From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for and evolving as a freelance writer. Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.

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