Seen through the eyes of ordinary people, members of the Arab working class, Nagi portrays several different characters. He shows us how their drive and determination to achieve their dreams of a better life, often as American immigrants, seems unattainable.
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Most everything in this show won’t feel new to any true musical theatre fan, but it’s all presented with undeniable charm and earnestness.
The musical highlight of the finale is a sparkling mirror ball-lit sing-along presentation of Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park.”
Make no mistake: there is more to the tour of The Choir of Man than its “Celtic Thunder meets Pitch Perfect with Bachelor contestants” premise.
Bridges is running now at Evanston’s Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in one of the best sung, intimately staged performances of this piece musical theatre patron is ever likely to see. In short, it should not be missed.