I Hear a Musical Hybrid
Skylight’s premiere of Daron Hagen’s new production
Yet despite the strangeness of the approach, the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts and never fails to intrigue the audience. Much of this is due to a connecting storyline combining a recently divorced couple—Broadway veterans Roger (Rick Pendzich) and Rose (Carol Greif)—with their former stage director Robbie (Robert Frankenberry), who seeks to reunite them in a new production. The repartee holds the show together with a uniformly excellent cast taking on singing roles. The strong, well-balanced voices bring focus to the show, giving the proceedings their important touch of humanity. Frankenberry also plays the score on piano.
The Skylight’s I Hear America Singing runs through June 1 at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway. For tickets call 414-291-7800 or visit broadwaytheatrecenter.com.