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Some applause for Musical Theatre Guild

Jonathan Glickman G (Bill) deserves applause: He sang wondrously, acted compellingly, and was the one player in the show to develop his part as a full flesh-and-blood character, loving, longing, in desperation, in romance. Glickman's solo number -- "Think how it's Gonna Be" was done with captivating lyricism, his last piece -- also the finale of the show -- "Something Greater" won over the hearts of not only Margo -- whom he had been trying to capture all along -- but of the audience as well.

Maryann Pasciuto did well too, showing Eve develop from early (supposed) na"ivet'e to fully-fledged diva status. Her haughty behavior during the latter phase seemed to spring naturally from her newly star-struck status, but also reach back to her past. The strong, clean lines of "One Hallowe'en" propelled the song along.

Cathy Carberry was not initially convincing as Margo, the star who gets displaced by Eve. She did build up her part, however, and made a touching companion to Bill in the finale. Some of the other characters had their moments -- Matthew Giamporcaro '85, for example, as the sleazy promoter Howard Benedict -- but the evening was too long, the action too slow. The story -- about back-stage theatrical politics -- seemed insubstantial; the script, not being the most imaginative, does little to help matters.

Some choral scenes -- "Backstage Babble," for example -- were lively. Others -- such as "Applause" -- were not so slick. Singing was not of uniformly high caliber, but was redeemed by sensitive orchestral playing to set the tone and illuminate the action: Instrumental coloration for some of the softer moments was quite subtle.

The costumes were evocative of the place and time, the sets nicely put together.

So, although this is not one of the Musical Theatre Guild's most memorable productions, it has enough good points to warrant your visit.

Jonathan Richmond->