The Good Feelz Trio: Under the Mizzletoe

The Good Feelz Trio

Under the Mizzletoe

Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, December 22, 2018

Reviewed by Lynn Timmons Edwards for Cabaret Scenes

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Under the Mizzletoe was presented by Davidson Entertainment in partnership with Phoenix Theatre in repertory along with Home for the Holidays by James Gish. The Good Feelz Trio— Lisa Fogel, Brian Sweis, Adam Vargas—has a disparate look but tight vocal harmonies. After two opening numbers they introduced themselves and settled into a show that ran an hour too long but offered some stunning moments.
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Sweis, looking handsome and polished, soloed on “Christmas Blues” (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne) and the very poignant and personal “A Different Kind of Christmas” (Mark Schultz). Vargas took the lead on “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christmas” from Spongebob Squarepants (Tom Kenny/Andy Paley) and “Finding Christmas” (Casey Elliot/Brad Robins/Bradley Quinn). Fogel gave us a personal moment with “Snowman” (Sia). The trio shined on vocal harmony arrangements of “Under the Mistletoe” (Nasri/Adam Messinger), “Cool Yule” (Steve Allen), a mash up of Madonna’s “Holiday” (Curtis Hudson/Lisa Stevens), “Happy Holidays” (Irving Berlin), and “Happy” (Pharrell Williams); as well as “Silent Night” (Joseph Mohr/Franz Gruber).

Unfortunately, the show came to a halt with an audience game show of “Read My Lips Telephone,” using phrases from obscure holiday songs from animated Christmas specials, followed by costumed rap.

The Trio found plenty of comic moments with “Hardrock, Coco and Joe” (Stuart Hamblem) and “Hang Your Balls on the Christmas Tree” (Jess Hotchkiss/Kay Martin).
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Vargas, who is if nothing else authentic, offered an original song, “Now That Winter’s Here” and showed off his falsetto on “Raise Your Glass” (Pink/Max Martin/Karl Shellback). We look forward to the group’s 2019 holiday offering.

Lynn Timmons Edwards

Lynn writes and performs themed cabaret shows based on the songs of the Great American Songbook throughout Arizona. She has had three short plays produced in the Theatre Artists Studio Festival of Summer Shorts and is working on a full length play, "Fairy," based on the life of Mary Russell Ferrell Colton, a founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona. In addition to writing and singing, Lynn plays bridge and tennis and enjoys traveling with her husband and artistic companion, Bob. Born in Ohio, Lynn is a graduate of Denison University (BA), Arizona State University (MPA) and has lived in Arizona since 1977.