“SONG MAN DANCE MAN” KICKS UP ITS HEELS
AT SEVEN ANGELS


BONNIE GOLDBERG

If the words “gotta dance” or “gotta sing” have ever popped into your head, or if the contestants on “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” or “So You Think You Can Dance” give you heart palpitations, then Jon Peterson is the man for you.

Talent oozes from every pore and his feet are wired for electricity as Jon Peterson becomes “Song Man Dance Man,”  an original show he created that is now dazzling audiences at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre until Sunday, November 29.

Peterson sets his sights on six fabulous performers who epitomize what it means to sing and dance on stage.  He spans more than a century, starting with the vaudeville days of George M Cohan, who wrote his first song at the tender age of four and went on to create forty shows which he wrote, directed, choreographed and starred in too.  “Give My Regards to Broadway” was one of the great tunes from this man who literally grew up performing with his family on the boards.

Next up is Hollywood’s favorite, Fred Astaire, who had his own unique style of hoofing.  At an audition, Astaire was once told to find a new profession because he’d never make it as a dancer.  With a turn and a twist, Peterson conjures up Gene Kelly in all his cocky and muscular persona.  With an umbrella and a lamppost, but no raindrops, he performs “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Gene Kelly’s pal and second banana Donald O’Connor takes center stage next with “I’ve Got Rhythm.”  Peterson hits his stride with “Splish Splash” and “Mack the Knife” as Bobby Darin, the young man who lived hard and died young.

A tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. and Anthony Newley follow, in the fine tradition of these song and dance men who gave so much of themselves to their art.  Semina De Laurentis and Jon Peterson direct this magnificent musical salute.

For tickets ($29-37.50, students under 30 $10), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Pavilion Park, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 (minutes off I-84) or online at wwww.sevenangelstheatre.org.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

 There are no performances on Thanksgiving.

Let Jon Peterson introduce you to his personal idols, the men who inspired him to become a fantastic song and dance man in his own style.

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE MIDDLETOWN PRESS ON NOVEMBER 19.

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