BWW Reviews: GOING TO THE CHAPEL Opens at Cutting Edge Theater
Tonight, Cutting Edge Theater opened musical GOING TO THE CHAPEL, which centers on leading lady Betty Lou and her bridesmaids the week of her wedding. I find the content of this show incredibly timely and fitting for the beginning of spring in the New Orleans area as many deem this time of year "wedding season." And who doesn't get a kick out of all of the goofy traditions that ladies go through together to make sure their friend has the wedding celebration of the century? GOING TO THE CHAPEL is a jukebox musical featuring music of the 1960s, and more specifically the "girl groups" of the 1960s such as The Chiffons, The Shirelles, and The Supremes. Featuring a cast of four amazing ladies, this show is sure to keep you laughing and bopping along to some great tunes!
Speaking of the cast, why don't I introduce them to you? First up is Dawn Mastascuso, who is no stranger to Cutting Edge Theater having appeared in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Fat Pig," and "Jesus Christ Superstar." You may have seen Dawn performing at other Northshore venues as well, but we're sure glad to see her at Cutting Edge again! Next is Robyn Costello who is making her musical theatre debut. Although Robin is new to the theater stage, she isn't new to performing. She has sung for over 30 years with Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues, and she is currently the worship director at her church. Welcome to the theater, Robyn! Third is Celia Guillory, who is also a Cutting Edge veteran. She was last seen in Jesus Christ Superstar, and she is also the band director and guitar instructor at Slidell Jr. High. Last, but certainly not least, is Michelle Burris. Michelle is an award winning singer/songwriter with her band New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Company, and she has actively participated in theatre on the Northshore. She and her husband are also co-directors of the Mandeville Show Choir children's group.
Along with a killer cast, GOING TO THE CHAPEL is something to see because of Cutting Edge's unique venue. The first time I attended a Cutting Edge production was a little over a year ago, and although they are in a newly built location, I have to tell you about what I experienced. The theater was... wait for it... inside a hair salon. Yes, you heard correctly. By day it was Attractions Salon, and by night it was turned into a performance space. Way cool. I truly have never seen anything like it, and was impressed with this innovation!
The new venue, located just down the street in an easier-to-spot location, has been re-named Cutting Edge Center for the Arts (CECA) and will also be home to the Richard Fuentes Art Studio. Attractions Salon will also move to the new building. This new theater, while maintaining its intimate feel, has stadium style seating along with a full bar and snacks.
Go see GOING TO THE CHAPEL at the new and incredibly unique Cutting Edge Theater now through April 18th. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and tickets run from $16.50 - $22. You can reserve your tickets at (985) 649-3727 or visit Cutting Edge's Box Office for more information.