BWW Reviews: SING, SING, SING a Wonderful Musical Revue at the KC Fringe Festival
Jughead Theatricals brings Sing, Sing, Sing to the stage of the Heartland Forum in Crown Center. Diane Bulan produces Sing, Sing, Sing in conjunction with the KC Fringe Festival. The Heartland Forum is located in the space once occupied by the American Heartland Theatre.
Sing, Sing, Sing is an a cappella musical revue featuring a variety of songs and musical styles. Whether you are a fan of pop, gospel, liturgical, folk or jazz there is something for everyone to tap his or her toes to. Singing without musical accompaniment are Lena Andrews, Alisha Garnier, Danielle Gibbs, Teal Holliday, Michael Golliher, Zack Hutchins, James Levy, and Matthew Richardson.
"Here, There and Everywhere" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney is wonderfully performed by Hutchins, Levy and Golliher. Their voices blended perfectly, and from the first note, the audience knew it was going to be special.
Teal Holliday is a favorite in Kansas City, with one of the most beautiful voices an audience could hope to hear. Her rendition of "In That Great Getting' Up Mornin'," arranged by Wayne Hawkins, is fantastic. She has the kind of voice a person could listen to all night long and not get tired of hearing.
Lena Andrews, Alisha Garnier, and Danielle Gibbs take the stage after the four men perform the humorous "Bachelor's Overture" by Paul E. Orwick. The women are fantastic as they sing "Summertime" by George Gershwin with lyrics by Dubose Heyward and Ira Gershwin.
The always uplifting "Put the Lime in the Coconut" written by Harry Nelson is performed by Golliher and Gibbs. The tune is wonderfully performed and sets the stage for "Snap, Crackle, Pop" which all the singers perform. It may sound corny but the song is the jingle for Rice Krispies and the audience is split into three groups to help sing the song.
Garnier, Holliday, Richardson, Golliher, and Levy bring "Ode to Billy Joe," written by Bobbie Gentry to life. It is hard to pick a favorite for the show, but this would be in the running for the top.
Sing, Sing, Sing returns to the Heartland Forum on Thursday July 24 and Friday July 25. Purchase tickets at the door or on the KC Fringe Festival website. Photograph courtesy of Diane Bulan.