Back again with another Three Notch Theatre show review! This time, it’s for a second-stage production, meaning it isn’t one of the main shows in their season. It’s an added bonus! This also means there’s a limited run of this production.
“A Night on Broadway: Sight, Sound and Song” runs from May 11th-May 20th, 2018- Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3:30 PM. (Please note that for this show, there are NO Thursday performances!)
Adult general admission $18.00
Seniors (65+) / Students / Military $15.00
Children (12 and under) $13.00
Purchase your tickets here!
The synopsis from the Newtowne Players’ website states:
“A Night On Broadway: Sight, Sound and Song [directed by Thom Esposito and Diane Trautman] returns for a third season with all new songs from a new musical lineup including: Anything Goes, Beautiful, Dear Evan Hansen, Finian’s Rainbow, Ghost the Musical, Gypsy, Into the Woods, Jersey Boys, Kiss Me Kate, Little Women, My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, Pippin, School of Rock and more!”
“Night on Broadway” is what it says it is- a night on Broadway- well, the closest thing St. Mary’s County has to Broadway! It’s a performance featuring songs from shows from the 20th century such as Gypsy and My Fair Lady, to modern-day shows such as Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson. It has the feel of a cabaret performance and features a live band on the stage. It also featured choreography done by performer Kristen Kauffman.
The stage had a marble-like floor and the side walls featured song titles and show names. The lighting helped emphasize each of the performers and was appropriate for each song. The performers individually stood out in their own ways. Each performer sang a few songs, plus ensemble songs and duets. I felt a range of emotions during each of the songs. There were times I was laughing out loud, while there were other moments where I had tears in my eyes.
I don’t want to give away the whole show, but here are some snippets that stood out to me throughout the night:
Autumn Mallory’s rendition of “Doin’ What Comes Naturally” from Annie Get Your Gun was funny and entertaining to watch, while Sarah Gravelle’s lovely rendition of “I’m Not That Girl” from Wicked tugged at the heartstrings.
Stephanie Taubert did a great job with the classic “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess (which is NOT an easy song to sing!) Kristin Kauffman is a comedic performer with a strong voice- her rendition of “Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” from South Pacific was timeless!
The ensemble performance of “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hanson” was beautiful. Sophie Campbell and Eddie Carter helped the song start off strong and the entire cast joining in made for a lovely performance.
Shawn Davidson stood out with his two songs from Something Rotten! They were hilarious and he had strong physicality to go along with his strong vocals.
Mike Cahall’s bass voice soothed audience members during his rendition of “Maria” from West Side Story, and Hunter Martin had a great performance singing “All I Need is the Girl” from Gypsy.
Martin and Cahall both have added bonuses to their roles as cast members (along with bass player Tommy Ray Chedester), which you’ll have to keep an eye out for when you see the show!
Overall, it was a fun night, so I would recommend you go on a date night or bring the whole family to this great production!
Remember- go to www.newtowneplayers.org for all the info!