SWING! SWING! SWING!” A DELIGHT AT SEVEN ANGELS IN WATERBURY

BONNIE GOLDBERG

Shake your blues away and take a sentimental journey back to the days when the Big Band sound reigned supreme, when Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey knew how to get up off the couch to cut a rug (dance).  Thanks to Seven Angels Theatre and a troupe of eight young energetic kids who are revisiting the music of their grandparents, you can “Swing! Swing! Swing!” until Sunday, June 27.

Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to swing and sway with Jesse Adams, Christopher Brasfield, Emily Ide, Meg Lanzarone, Ryan Naimy, Kristin Parker, Jillian Wallach and Robert Yonskie.  Let the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s wrap you in a cocoon of nostalgia as you reminisce to the music of such songs as “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To,” “What’ll I Do,” “You’ll Never Know” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

A medley of moon songs include “Moonglow,” “How High the Moon” and “Old Devil Moon.”  Chris Brasfield performs a great “Minnie the Moocher” while Jillian Wallach lights firecrackers with her rendition of “Blues in the Night.”  Kristin Parker lost and ultimately found her basket with “A Tisket, A Tasket” while Brian Pia, on piano, could have used her basket to collect his “Pennies from Heaven.”

Emily Ide had a great time “Shaking the Blues Away” just as Meg Lanzarone admitted she was “Undecided.”  Ryan Naimy got us in the mood for a “White Christmas” while Jesse Adams harkened back to the shadows of World War II with “The White Cliffs of Dover.”  Robert Yonskie continued the army theme with “This Is the Army, Mr. Jones” while the Andrews Sisters gave us a rousing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

With direction by Semina DeLaurentis, choreography by Janine Molinari and musical direction by Brian Pia, “Swing! Swing! Swing!” is a delightful and melodic tribute to veterans everywhere and to a bygone era in time.

For tickets ($29-37.50, with a $5 discount for veterans), call Seven Angels Theatre, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Plank Road, Waterbury (just off I-84) at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org.  Performances are Thursday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Revisit the great swing era of the 1940’s with this wonderful musical revue courtesy of Seven Angels Theatre.

 

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