Defy Gravity: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook

Take “Popular” from the musical Wicked and blend it with “True Love's Kiss” from the film Enchanted and you have some idea of what you can expect at Defy Gravity: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook. Conceived by Michael Bobbitt with musical arrangements by John Cornelius II, and presented here by Standing Room Only Productions, Defy Gravity features re-imagined classics by Schwartz, including several combined tunes. It “gives both numbers a brand new feel,” SRO producer John Lazo tells us. “It's … something that I don't think Houston audiences have ever experienced before, at least not in this way.” Ten actors make up Defy Gravity's cast. Performing in an intimate, black-box setting, the actors don't play characters, in the traditional sense, as much as they take on personas according to the songs which include “Day by Day” from Godspell, “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas and the lesser-known “Meadowlark” from The Baker's Wife. Lazo admits “Meadowlark” is among his favorites. “It is already perhaps one of the half-dozen most beautiful ballads in the history of American musical theater; in Defy Gravity [it's] performed by … Cristina Quevedo Singleton, Christopher Zelko and Eduardo Tercero. Big dance numbers are wonderful, but few things move an audience more than a beautiful ballad.”

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through August 2. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 713-300-2358 or visit $25.50 to $42.50.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: July 17. Continues through Aug. 2, 2014

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