She’s perfect for the part, dulcetly crooning its signature “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in a rendition worthy of any cabaret in any major city around the world.
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This is a tale of tenderness, and the six actors each embody two men alternatively separated across four decades with a lived-in familiarity and well-forged chemistry. And when they all sing together (under the heartfelt musical guidance of Manning), it’s all the more magical.
By Barry Reszel When it comes to Les Misérables, musical theatre patrons fall into two camps. The first includes those who put Les Mis in their top-five, will see any production they might be able to attend and are ready to take to the barricade to defend their ranking against anyone who might question it.
And so, Music Man purists, fear not. The only pool on the Goodman stage this summer is of the six-pocketed, trouble-making variety.
Poignant and inventive, “Darling Grenadine” dazzles with its ingenuity, its heart and its candor.