Thursday, November 27, 2014

“Songs For a New World”
Miners Alley Playhouse: 11/14 – 12/21

     It’s ‘a New World’ at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. 
The addition of new projectors has allowed for spectacular visuals of everything from celestial vistas to urban landscapes.
      Jonathan Scott-McKean is the genius wielding the technical wizardry requisite for this breathtaking step into the future. McKean also designed the cookie cutter set design that allows Mitch Samu and his glorious band to be installed onstage.
     Karalyn “Star” Pytel provides the very fine lighting design.
     The four person cast is superb.

     Jacquie Jo Billings soars through the solos of Woman 1 with soulful tenderness and heart felt passion.
          L-R: Kristen Samu and Jacquie Jo Billings

Kristen Samu gets both of the humorous entries as Woman 2. The dark humor in  “Just One Step” involves a woman kvetching about her husband as she contemplates jumping off a skyscraper. The tempo of the patter may remind you of “Another Hundred People” from Sondheim’s “Company.” In her hilarious “Surabaya Santa” a disenchanted Mrs. Claus, leaves the Jolly Old Elf because she is always left alone at Christmas.
     Rory Pierce delivers strong vocals as Man 2. His passionate rendition of “The World was Dancing” showcases this artist’s talent and brings back memories of his sensational work as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks.”
     In his Miners Alley debut, Matt Kok (Man 1) unleashes a distinctive voice that sometimes puts one in mind of that of Mandy Patinkin. It is to be hoped that this artist will be seen again soon upon the Colorado stage.
     The songs and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (“The Last Five Years” and “Parade”) run the gamut from tender to passionate to downright hilarious. They give us musical glimpses of what people do when Life starts to feel like you just hit the wall.
     Brenda Billings directs the proceedings with a transparent, sensitive touch.Marlowe's Musings

Miners Alley Playhouse presents
“Songs For A New World”
Nov. 14* - Dec. 21
(*Note date change from Nov. 7)
Fri./ Sat. @ 7:30.p.m.; Thurs., Dec 4, 11 &18 at 7:30 p.m.;
Sun., Nov. 16 & Dec 7 @ 6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 30, Dec. 14 & 21@ 2:00 p.m.
Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, CO 80401
303-935-3044 or online at

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