For its summer season, New Village Arts Theatre has produced two musical comedies with somewhat deeper stories than one might expect. Avenue Q used puppets to explore themes about adulthood, and Legally Blonde starting off as a modern romantic comedy, turns into a plot about self-improvement.
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A difficult aspect about creating musicals based on the lives of popular musicians is the task of making both the music and the plot equally compelling. For the most part, On Your Feet! keeps audiences invested in the story of the Miami Sound Machine Cuban-American lead singer Gloria Estefan (Christie Prades), and her devoted husband Emilio (Ektor Rivera).
Most shows from Disney Theatrical Productions are adaptations of highly successful movies such as “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins.” Compared with those musicals, “Newsies”, a stage version of the 1992 family-friendly motion picture (and a box office bomb in theatres), sounds highly risky.
For any production of Monty Python’s Spamalot to succeed, there needs to be well-delivered, non-stop hilarity coupled with cleverly executed musical sequences. Cygnet Theatre’s interpretation features these elements in spades, largely thanks to Artistic Director, Sean Murray.