During Broadway at The Box, one of the cast members, Luke Wrobel, has been handed a large section of the evening, and he more than rises to the occasion. He commands the stage early, as Tevye singing "I Wish I Were a Rich Man" and again toward the evening's end as Don Quixote singing "The Impossible Dream" and in-between logs time in an hilarious impersonation of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and as an amusingly brutal casting director, and shares a duet of "There's Nothing like a Dame" with Brad Scarborough, the other male cast member.
The evening is in fact a family affair, as Scarborough is married to Rebekah Dahl, one of the three female vocalists. Scarborough sings "Till There Was You" and "Walk Like a Man" and leads an entertaining skit about a "Real-Time Critic" who reviews a performance as it happens, and, thanks to time travel, even before it occurs. On the distaff side, Dahl shines as lead singer in "The Age of Aquarius", and Kristina Sullivan provides an intelligent, subtle and compelling rendition of "Send in the Clowns". Cay Taylor nails the haunting "I Dreamed a Dream" and received one of the evening's several standing ovations.
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The theme is Broadway over the years, not the recent season, and since most of the songs are familiar, the audience is quick to recognize them and eager to hear them again. The downside is that a truly famous song may trigger recall of memorable renditions by gifted performers, and choices such as "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Lola" run that risk.
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