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


 

2 comments

  1. Saw this show. Wonderful tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. Glad to see that his works are being performed. His music stays with us. Thank you Marvin! Rest in peace good man.