GET YOUR 'FINGERS AND TOES" TAPPING


BONNIE GOLDBERG

The names Fingers and Toes already suggest a toe tapping beat and the joy of dancing. As the title of an almost new musical "Fingers and Toes" conjures up the old-fashioned dance numbers of a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, set in 1939, at an abandoned theater loft of the New York City's Ziegfeld Roof Theater. The Ivoryton Playhouse will be twirling and swirling non-stop until Sunday, June 22, with book, music and lyrics by Logan Medland.

Alone in his deserted attic with only his piano for company, composer Tristan St. Claire, also known as "Fingers" consoles himself at the ivories. His wife Tatiana has demanded he leave their home and he has sought comfort at the keyboard, but it refuses to come.

Interrupting his pity party is his best friend Dustin McGrath, the "Toes" to his "Fingers." The two men have a history together, when Fingers (Aaron Berk) originally befriended a bewildered newcomer to town, Rick Faugno's Toes. Now it's time for Dustin to return the favor and help rescue Tristan.

When a cute and vivacious Molly Molloy drops in unexpectedly, the scene is set for some great music, dance and romance. Joyce Chittick's Molly is the soft marshmallow heart of the show. Her presence encourages Toes to conjure up a plan: he sets a two week deadline for the trio to compose a brand new musical comedy with lots of singing and dancing and lovey-dovey stuff to show to a big producer. If it pulls Fingers out of the dumps and helps him resolve his issues with his wife, all the better. Robert Moss directs and David Wanstreet choreographs, with Logan Medland providing musical direction of this Cracker Jack prize-in-the-box delight.

For tickets ($42, seniors $37. students $20, children $15), call the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday.

Let real life husband and wife Joyce Chittick and Rick Faugno join Aaron Berk and dance and sing their way into your heart with dollops of nostalgic charm.

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