Musical review hits all the right notes |

Musical review hits all the right notes

Do you like the music from “Cabaret,” “New York, New York” and “Chicago?” Me too.

That’s why I went to see the musical review, “The World Goes ‘Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb,” now playing at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

John Kander composed the music and Fred Ebb penned the lyrics for these and numerous other musical theater pieces.

Then in 1991, “The World Goes Round,” an amalgam of K&E numbers, was conceived and performed, first off-Broadway and then around the country

Now Western Nevada County is fortunate to have it staged in its own front yard.

The review consists of songs from various K&E musicals, grouped into themes of sad or upbeat or fun.

I was familiar with some of the music, but there are a lot of new, good sounds. And be sure to focus on the words-Fred Ebb was a very clever lyricist.

I wasn’t surprised at the quality of the singing, since I’ve previously heard most of the seven singers and enjoyed their work-Corinne Gelfan, Kathy Goldie, JR Lewis, Wayne Powers, Krista Thomas, Kim Wellman and Carolyn Winters.

Particularly good is Kim Wellman doing a couple of jazzy numbers – she definitely can belt out a throaty song, as well as hit the high notes.

But the real revelation, since I’ve only previously seen him act or play an instrument, is JR Lewis’s very nice, mellow voice.

I was told this was the first time JR has sung on stage. I hope we’ll hear him vocalize again in the future.

Ken Getz, the talented musical and stage director, wonderfully plays piano, backed by Noreen Barnett on synthesizer, Steve Nicholson on base, Robert Thomas on percussion and JR Lewis on reeds (indeed, a man of many talents as he also designed the innovative lighting, well-operated by Rikki Fairweather).

The live band adds immeasurably to the performance and definitely smoothes the transitions between songs.

Getz moves his singers around the stage flawlessly and, combined with creative choreography by Kathy Goldie and Carolyn Winters, the singers missed nary a singing or hoofing beat.

And if you like ’40s jewelry and dresses, the women wore some enviable items.

This was an energetic, visual, tuneful and thoroughly enjoyable show.

If you like well-sung and played, interesting music, be sure to see this musical review.

It continues at the Off Center Stage through July 5th.

Hindi Greenberg can’t sing (except in the shower), can’t play an instrument (only chopsticks on the piano) and can dance just a bit. But she knows good music, singing and dancing when she sees it. And Nevada County has a lot of it all.

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