Hang On as "The World Goes 'Round"


By Bonnie Goldberg

What do cellophane, coffee cups, cabarets, carousals, colored lights, coloring books, cakes by Sara Lee, the city of Chicago, cats and class have in common? They are all touched on and sung about, with refreshing wit or tender and tasteful timing, in the perfectly delightful tribute to the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Music Theatre of Connecticut, in its lovely new space at 509 Westport Avenue in Norwalk (just a few miles from its former black box space in Westport) has done itself proud in this sassy, sophisticated and thoroughly satisfying musical revue, "The World Goes 'Round."

Weekends until Sunday November 23, MTC, under its smashing orange awning, will be offering up an evening of musical entertainment worthy of a New York City supper club. A quintet of fresh faced singers and dancers -- Kathy Calahan, Melissa Carlile-Price, Eric Scott Kincaid, Trisha Rapier and Aaron Young -- all members of Actor's Equity, will be strutting their considerable talents on MTC's intimate space. Still intimate, they now can seat double the audience.

Imagine a parade of Kander and Ebb hits from such shows as "New York, New York." "70, Girls, 70," "The Happy Time," "The Rink," "The Act," "Woman of the Year," "Funny Girl," "Cabaret" and "Chicago," to name drop a few. You'll get the caffeine jitters from the lively patter of "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," feel the obvious joy of one man's love for "Sara Lee" and one gal's affection for "Arthur in the Afternoon," while "All That Jazz" is super-duper electric and "Class" will have you checking your teeth for spinach bites.

The poignancy and sadness of "Mr. Cellophane" is countered by the absolute joy of "Ring Them Bells,” and the clever lyrics of "The Grass Is Always Greener" will have you laughing out loud. More than two dozen great Kander and Ebb tunes will have you applauding the length and breath of their musical talents.

For tickets ($30-50, seniors and students $5 off), call MTC, 509 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, behind Nine West and Jones of New York, at 203-454-3883 or online at www.musictheatreofct.com. Come take your seat at the Melissa and Doug Theatre at MTC and see the spanking new digs for yourself and congratulate director Kevin Connors and stage manager Jim Schilling on a job well done.

Now is also the time to reserve your seat for the world premiere of "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play," another holiday hit by Joe Landry, on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40 and come with goodies too.

Come and enjoy the snazzy new space where this talented quintet welcomes you as only five fine cabaret performers can.  Bienvenue!

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