Camp Broadway: Before Broadway

| February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Camp Broadway

Before Broadway

Feinstein’s/54 Below, NYC, January 28, 2018

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Fifteen aspiring performers, ages 18 – 22, made their New York debuts as part of Before Broadway in front of an audience of friends and family, casting directors, and talent managers. The show, assembled in three days, was impressive in just that there were so few hiccups along the way.

Director/choreographer Holly Raye and music director Nissia Kahie chose the material carefully so that the songs were suited not only to their ages—she also concentrated on contemporary shows—with only one classic song slipping in (“A Lovely Night” from Cinderella). That was a bit of a shame since it led to a repetitious sound and some forced belting when some of the performers suggested they would be more comfortable with material from the Golden Age. There was also a sameness in that there were 13 female vocalists and only two males, leading to most of the women appearing in various trios.

Host Adam Kantor was charming and kept the show moving, although his introductions of the performers occasionally strayed into the Miss America format.

A few of the performers certainly stood out: Samantha Raun, who could be mistaken for Karen Mason’s daughter, possessed tremendous confidence while delivering “My Strongest Suit”; Sara Wasserman projected pure joy with “Here I Am”; Cecilia Bracey demonstrated powerful stage presence sharing “If the World Should End”; and Faith Wiship brought intensity to “There’s a Fine, Fine Line.” Also participating were Hannah Clark, Ruthanne Evans, Caitlyn Freeman, Treston Henderson, Anna Meyer, Leah Prestogeorge, Marife Quesada, Laney Rodriguez, Gabbie Sansone, Annika Summer and Zach Williams. No doubt we will see some of them again in future productions.

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Category: Cabaret Reviews, New York City, New York City Cabaret Reviews, Regional

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