AISLE SAY Florida
HULA HOOP SHA-BOOP
Deckel and John Leicht
Musical, Vocal Arrangements by John Tanner
Directed and Choreographed by Bill Castellino
Music Direction by Vince diMura
Florida Studio Theatre’s Goldstein Cabaret
1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-9000
From January 6 through March 21, 2009
Reviewed by Marie J. Kilker
been an often-revived all-time hit at Milwaukee
Rep’s Cabaret and I predict it’s going to be big box office for Florida
Theatre. Baby boomers are surely the target audience, and Florida can
Wisconsin in supplying that group!
Here’s a slight departure from the usual homemade FST cabaret
format—some medleys, solos, pairings, perhaps a bit of script built on
theme or composer’s work. Hula Hoop Sha-Boop adds lots of talk as well as skits not
on song lyrics.
a return to the “Fabulous 50s,” it doesn’t
confine itself completely to that decade’s music and dances, nor is
strictly observed. A few interpolations and a penultimate bit
and killings seem discordant. So do Marcella Beckwith’s blah costumes:
poodle skirt or zoot suit in sight. Her scenic backdrop of a
record imposed on gilded curtain, though, is spectacular and enhanced
Colleen Jennings’ lighting. A series of high school locker fronts
for a screen to cover off-stage waits and changes of props.
couples perform with unflagging enthusiasm. A
brunette comic, usually straight-faced Kerri Brackin, makes up half of
couple. Her king-size partner, Stephen Horst, can do high vocal tricks.
plays yokel to raunchy as easily as he can high-step. They’re both
the Hop,” at “Mashed Potato Time,” with the “Monster Mash.” Eric Collins and Allison Couture are
the shorter couple. A bit portly, Collins tends to get the frustrated
longing teenager and smuckier roles, like providing nonsense syllable
His range is extraordinary, however, fit for concerts and big musicals.
Pony-tailed blond Couture displays her Kristin Chenowith-like voice in
silly songs, whereas she’s well cast to recall “Where the Boys Are.”
walk-on as The Singing Nun stops the show.
audience participation response to “Duck and
Cover”--air raid safety instructions given to school children in case
A-bomb attack--resembles a session of Silver Sneakers. Progressively,
more traditional, as in “Blue Moon” (though in The Marcels’ version),
“Crying,” “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” and “I Only Want to Be With You.” A romantic and a shotgun wedding are
sung through up to the end but the group signs off with the title song.
Emily C. Hayes. Time: 95
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