“JERRY’S GIRLS” ARE JOLLY GOOD FUN IN IVORYTON


BONNIE GOLDBERG

If composer and lyricist Jerry Herman were a “kiss and tell” kind of guy, he would brag about his list of illustrious girls and namedrop the likes of Carol Channing, Betty Grable, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury and Ethel Merman, to mention but a few.  These are not girl friends; they are the pearls on a glamorous strand, the women who have starred in his string of blockbuster musical successes.

To skip merrily along his musical path to stardom, take a right turn at Ivoryton Playhouse to meet and greet “Jerry’s Girls” until Sunday, November 15.

A quintet of singers, Amy Forbes, Julia Kiley, Jackie Sidle, Mary Ann Piccolo and Elizabeth Talbot focus a musical spotlight on numbers such as “Before the Parade Passes By” and “It Only Takes a Moment” from “Hello, Dolly!”, the story of that brazen matchmaker Dolly Levi who manages to get herself a mate as well as “Shalom” from “Milk and Honey” that celebrates the founding of the state of Israel.

From “Mame” comes “If He Walked Into My Life,” the holiday classic “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Bosom Buddies,”  a show that chronicles how an unorthodox aunt raises her orphaned nephew.  From Herman’s personal favorite show “Mack and Mabel” is plucked “Time Heals Everything” and “I Won’t Send Roses” while from his second favorite show “La Cage Aux Folles” we hear the anthem to homosexuality “I Am What I Am” and the rousing “The Best of Times,” to name but a few of the three dozen hits.

Julia Kiley directs this lyrical cavalcade.

For tickets ($35, seniors $30, students $20, children $15), call 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 Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Make your plans now to take the family to celebrate the holidays starting December 3 for two weekends to attend “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

“The Best of Times” is clearly now as Ivoryton Playhouse pays tribute to the musical genius of Jerry Herman in such a pleasurable way, saluting him as he receives the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. 

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