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STC Cabaret this weekend. Another winner.

Michael Laun, Bob Cooner, Madeline Wieland, Sydney Christofferson, Andrew J. Perez, Jessical Futrell,

I caught the latest Sacramento Theatre Company Cabaret production “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly-The Songs of Learner and Loewe” at the Ethyl MacLeod Hart Senior Center in Midtown. They had the seniors cheering and so will anyone that sees this production.

From the late 40s to the mid 70s Learner and Loewe were one of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical writing team in the business. This production reminded me that there is so much more to to Learner and Loewe than “My Fair Lady,” not that they didn’t do some very loverly numbers from that show. “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Gigi,” “The Little Prince” and “Camelot” along with songs from a couple of shows from a couple of shows from the 40s, “What’s Up” (1943) and “The Day Before Spring” (1945) are performed.

Musical Director Sam Schieber’s (Samantics) has created some great arrangements of the songs he selected, both well known and rare from nearly three decades of musical output. Speaking with Schieber after the show, he talked about writing the arrangements to fit each of the performers and it shows.

STC executive producing director Michael Laun chose nearly all new performers to join him for “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.”

STC Young Professional Conservatory third year student, Sydney Cristofferson opened the show with the beginning of “Almost Like Being in Love” from "Brigadoon."  She was especially nice on “Follow Me” (“Brigadoon.”) Congratulations, you have an other wonderful performer Michele Hillen-Noufer (STC education director).

Fellow performers including some of their best songs and what show they were from include: Bob Cooner, “They Call The Wind Maria,” (“Paint Your Wagon) and “Gigi” (“Gigi”). Jessica Futrell, “Show Me,” (“My Fair Lady”) and “Before I Glaze at You Again,” (“Camelot”). Michael Laun, “With a Little Bit of Luck,” (“My Fair Lady”) and “Snake in the Ground,” (“Little Prince”). Andrew J. Perez, “I Talk to the Trees,” (“Paint Your Wagon”) and “You Wash and I’ll Dry, (“What’s Up?”). Madeline Wieland, “My Love is a Married Man,” (“The Day Before Spring”) and “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” (“Camelot). Many of the songs were also accompanied by Patrick Claypool on viola.

Musical theatre enthusiasts, especially those who enjoy Learner and Loewe, will really love “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” Everyone else that enjoy great performances of some of the most enduring music from the musical stage will have a very enjoyable afternoon or evening.

“Wouldn’t It Be Loverly-The Songs of Learner and Loewe”
Sacramento Theatre Company
One weekend only. Tonight 8:00 pm and tomorrow at 2 and 8 pm
Tickets and information 

Rember this is a cabaret, so bring a little extra change for cheese plates etc. and Revolution Wines

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