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
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
celebration offers more than a dozen Hamlisch tunes sung by a powerhouse quartet of Broadway entertainers. Jason Graae,
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.”
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
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.
Source: Cape Cod Online & Cape Cod Today