Review: Cape Playhouse show fond tribute to Hamlisch

DENNIS, MA — “This revue, having its world premiere at Cape Playhouse, offers a nostalgic look at the composer who literally wrote the soundtracks for much of that era”

For people familiar with 1970s-‘80s movies, just hearing music director/pianist Christopher Marlowe play the overture for “They’re Playing His Songs” could make you SMILE. Oh yeah, that’s Marvin Hamlisch’s, too.

ON STAGE: What: “They’re Playing His Songs”

When: through July 6, 2013

Where: Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA

One Singular Sensation Celebrating MH

This revue, having its world premiere at Cape Playhouse, offers a nostalgic look at the composer who literally wrote the soundtracks for much of that era, with a liberal look at his groundbreaking “A Chorus Line” for Broadway. The 90‐minute

Karen Ziemba

Karen Ziemba

celebration offers more than a dozen Hamlisch tunes sung by a powerhouse quartet of Broadway entertainers. Jason Graae,

Christiane Noll

Christiane Noll

Christiane Noll, Carol Woods and Karen Ziemba all worked with Hamlisch, and a congratulatory letter from his widow (Terre Blair — Hamlisch) read at Monday’s opening called them “some of Marvin’s favorite singers of all time.”

Carol Woods

Carol Woods

It doesn’t take long to see why; all offer wonderful interpretations and commanding stage presence. The show includes group numbers like the title opener (adapting his “They’re Playing Our Song” Broadway hit into a Hamlisch tribute) and “Chorus Line” favorites “At the

Jason Graae

Jason Graae

Ballet,” “What I Did For Love” and “One.” Outstanding solos include Noll’s lovely “Through the Eyes of Love,” from the film ICE CASTLES, Ziemba’s thrilling “Music and the Mirror,” from Musical A CHORUS LINE, Woods’ “The Way We Were” and Graae’s fun, unusual take on “Dance 10, Looks 3.” from A CHORUS LINE.

Marlowe also plays “The Entertainer,” which Hamlisch adapted from Scott Joplin ragtime for the film THE STING.

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Source: Cape Cod Online & Cape Cod Today