San Diego Repertory Theatre is currently hosting the World Premiere musical event, EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’: THE MUSIC OF HARRY NILSSON. It stars two Tony Award winners, Gregory Jbara and Alice Ripley. The show itself is more of a musical review. There is no plot, no dialogue and quite frankly, no rhyme or reason.
Set design by Sean Fanning was aesthetically pleasing. The band was situated in the middle of the stage with a circular walkway around them where the actors moved about. The musicians sounded superb and the arrangements were great. Alice Ripley has a very unique, rich voice. Gregory Jbara acted out his songs in a playful and fun manner. The songs teetered between beautiful harmonies and pitchy solos.
For me, the show had high’s and lows. I walked out confused as to what it was trying to be. If it is truly a musical review, then no acting needs to be done. However, if it is an actual musical theater piece, lots of work needs to go into making it that. If you are a Harry Nilsson fan, I think you would enjoy it. If you aren’t, it’s a crapshoot.
Rating: That Is The Question