A Grand Night for Singing at Mercury Theater | Theater review
A stylish Rodgers and Hammerstein revue opens the Mercury Theater’s new chapter.
The Mercury Theater, active in recent years as a rental house, shifts into self-produced musicals under the new management of L. Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon, formerly of Porchlight Music Theatre. Their first subscription season kicks off with this 1993 revue of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein—a promising debut.
The song selection, as conceived by original director Walter Bobbie, draws heavily on the composing team’s romantic numbers—or numbers recast as romantic: “Maria,” the only tune here from The Sound of Music, becomes a problem to be solved by a lovelorn man rather than a Mother Abbess. The five arresting actor-singers are adept at crafting characters and relationships within the span of a song. They’re aided by Kevin Bellie’s fluid staging and choreography and a crack six-piece onstage band.