After Dark Cabaret

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After Dark Cabaret

Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria, AZ, March 29, 2019

Reviewed by Lynn Timmons Edwards for Cabaret Scenes

Josh Condon

Usual host Kurtis Overby was not available for this edition of After Dark Cabaret, so actor Andy Meyers, who portrayed Bill Austin n the Arizona Broadway Theatre’s current production of Mamma Mia!, provided a very subdued introduction to each singer. Accompaniment was in the talented hands of ABT’s new resident music director, Josh Condon. First up to bat was Blair Beasley with a vocally rich and spirited performance of “Miss Byrd” (Richard Maltby, Jr./David Shire). Next was Dyllan Vallier with “The Lady Must Be Mad” from Illyria (Peter Mills). He has talent and will grow into the material. Cesar Razza was hysterical with “Be My Friend” from Edges (Benj Pasek/Justin Paul). We believed he was looking for Facebook Friend Number 504.

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Brendan Trybus served up another little-known song, “When She Smiles,” from Lysistrata Jones (Lewis Flinn). His dynamics were fine tuned, and his falsetto was perfect.

He was joined by Razza and Vallier for “Candy Store” from Heathers the Musical (Laurence O’Keefe/Kevin Murphy). It was one-rehearsal rough but showed off their dancing and comic vocal skills.

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Two actors pulled off classic songs sans microphone: Kyle Yampiro with “Some Enchanted Evening” (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein) and Jessica Medoff singing “The Jewel” in French from the opera Faust.

I give the night’s cabaret award to Amanda Lopez.

She had the perfect interpretation of “Confetti” by Tori Kelly and closed the show with “When You’re Home” from In the Heights (Lin-Manuel Miranda).  She shared the spotlight, first with Brody Wurr on guitar and then with Jabriel Shelton as her duet partner.