Choose your favorite, favorable superlative and it will describe the production of THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND, currently playing at Bucks County Playhouse. Then, call BCP and order tickets to treat yourself and lots of friends to seeing this fabulous 90-minute musical review before it ends on July 21.
To entice you, the Playhouse is offering a bargain from now through the end of the run on July 21. If you buy one ticket, you get a second ticket free, using the code WGRMUSIC.
Songs are by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the collaborators who wrote CHICAGO, CABARET, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, THE RINK, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, ZORBA and others. Intricate, clever and interesting direction of this production is by Don Stephenson.
Five extraordinarily talented singers combine with six excellent musicians to bring often familiar music to vibrant life, including such tunes as “Cabaret,” All That Jazz,” Maybe This Time,” A Quiet Thing,” and “New York, New York,” to name a few.
They don’t just sing, dance, act, and even roller skate. They do all of these things so very well.
With sound designer Matt Kraus’ mic levels set exactly right, their voices are projected richly and beautifully. Their two, three, four or five-part close harmony is exquisite!
As all the parts come together, the result is exciting perfection. Magic happens in the singing, acting, directing, music, lighting, costuming, and sound, and the audience was boisterous in its appreciation.
While it is an ensemble piece, each of the performers enjoys leading roles. Petite Michelle Aravena does an enticing and sultry “All That Jazz” from CHICAGO.
Janine DiVita brings down the house with her rendition of “Maybe This Time” from CABARET.
Plaintively performing “Isn’t This Better” from FUNNY LADY is Emily Skinner who shows her comedic side in other numbers.
Both male singers were spectacular, as well, and each has a huge list of credits. While David Josefsberg and Tom Hewitt are physically and vocally different, their vast experience is clear in their wonderful voices and the way they sell their songs.
Whether it is in a serious or comedic song, when the ensemble performs together, the theatre is alive with beautiful music and performances as evidenced in “Money, Money” from CABARET, the movie.
It takes an experienced team backstage to produce a fine musical such as THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND. That team is comprised of Narelle Sissons (set design), Gregory A. Poplyk (costume designer), Travis McHale (Lighting design) Mat Krauss (sound design), Lorin Latarro (choreographer), Kimothy Cruse (production stage manager), Meg Friedman (assist. stage mgr.) Jed Bernstein (Producing Director extraordinaire) and The Bridge Street Foundation, Tanya Cooper, president.
Bucks County Playhouse offers a multitude of curtain times from afternoon to early evenings to traditional 8 PM curtains to accommodate people’s schedules and to be welcoming to groups.
THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND
July 5-21, 2013
Bucks County Playhouse
70 S. Main St.
New Hope, PA 18938