BWW Reviews: Trio of Leading Ladies Provide the Heart for Keeton Theatre's SWEET CHARITY

However, overall, London's direction seems somewhat unfocused and the show's sometimes lugubrious pacing threatens to throw the entire production off-track. The production really takes off during its musical numbers, as should be expected considering Ginger Newman's fine musical direction, and Kate Adams' choreography, which evokes much of Fosse's work, is exceptional. Congratulations to the ensemble for their fine performance of "Rich Man's Frug" and "I'm a Brass Band."

The show's design aesthetic is nicely represented by Emily Rodriguez' set design and Kelly Landry's lighting design. Jane Schnelle, who doubles as producer and costumer, clothes her cast in period-flavored design that adds to the overall effect of the show.

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor oustanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror.


 
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