Going Hollywood: MGM Musicals at the 92Y

The 92Y presents a series of “Lyrics & Lyricists” events throughout their season.  This January, the spotlight was on “Going Hollywood: MGM Musicals” which was put together and hosted by Kathleen Marshall.  Featured tunes from shows including: Easter Parade, Meet Me in St. Louis, Summer Stock, Gigi, On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain and others were brought to life.  For me, a girl who loves these classics, it was a treat to see on stage.

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The six person cast danced and sang across the stage.  Rachel York has a rich and soulful voice reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney.  It’s too bad she wasn’t around when the movie musicals were being made because she would truly be MGM perfection.  Rob McClure is an engaging performer who not only plays to his audience but chummed it up with the band members as well.  His pleasant demeanor and glow on stage was nice to see.  Jeremy Jordan is charming.  Vocally, he can do no wrong by me and always is always a gem to see live.

David Chase led the five piece band consisting of piano, woodwinds, bass, trumpet and drums.  Not only was the music lovely, the information presented to us between songs was interesting.  Tid bits of trivia and insider information was nice to know.  Projections were displayed on a screen in back to reflect which show was being highlighted.  Everything from the actors attire, dance moves, and pictures were well thought out and executed perfectly.

There were only a few performances but for upcoming 92Y performances please check out: http://www.92y.org/

Rating: To Be

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