Monday, July 24, 2017

review - SEUSSICAL - Theater Works

Joshua Vern
photo by Emily Aiken
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through July 30th.

"...Theater Works' production of the popular musical Seussical is a superb and inspired endeavor led by a playful cast, exceptional creative elements, and enthusiastic direction....The score features several upbeat, toe-tapping tunes as well as some very moving ballads with humorous lyrics that play off Seuss' famous rhymes. While the plot is a bit scatterbrained, it is interesting and easy enough to follow for younger theatergoers. Brett Aiken's direction has the same sense of playfulness and inspired lunacy that his cast infuse in their characters. He makes effective use of the large ensemble and adds many fun and inspired directorial touches throughout...Yet...Aiken still ensures that the show's heartfelt messages of the power of friendship and realizing you're not alone in the universe are never forgotten. Choreographer Tina Khalil contributes fun and funny steps that are danced well by the cast, all of whom have exceptional singing voices which sound great under James May's expert music direction. Bobby Sample's set is superb, with numerous colorful set pieces, both large and small, with wild shapes and bright colors that play off of the famous illustrations in the Seuss books without copying them....Joshua Vern is superb in making The Cat in the Hat mischievous, comical and playful, while Austin Beggs does well in portraying Horton as a loving, compassionate and kind soul. As Jojo, Josh Pike is sensational, giving one of the best performances I've seen in the Valley from a performer of such a young age....Alexandra Utpadel brings a perfect balance of wacky humor and kind heartedness to Gertrude McFuzz with a powerful voice that excels on her songs. ..I've seen numerous productions of this musical, but Theater Works' Seussical rises to the top of the energetic, colorful and crowd-pleasing hit. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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