Fans of Rodgers and Hammerstein can enjoy "A Grand Night for Singing" at Actors' Summit Theatre.
Or, in my case, a grand afternoon for singing (I attended the Oct. 13 matinee). Regardless of the time of day, it was, indeed, a grand 90 minutes of theater. An ensemble of five actors and singers -- Laura Best, Hope Caldwell, Shani Ferry, James Hill and Justin W. Williams -- bring to life a varied selection of show tunes from arguably the best-known duo in musical theater history. What really makes this show enjoyable is the occasional, unexpected dose of humor scattered throughout, such as a slightly different interpretation to "Maria" from "The Sound of Music" (sung by Hill). I also enjoyed the comedy incorporated throughout "Shall We Dance" from "The King and I."
Other highlights include the always funny "Stepsisters' Lament," sung by Best and Caldwell, from "Cinderella,"; "This Nearly Was Mine" sung by Williams, from "South Pacific,"; "It Might As Well Be Spring," sung by Ferry, from "State Fair,"; "I Cain't Say No," dung by Caldwell, from "Oklahoma,"; "The Gentleman is a Dope," sung by Best, from "Allegro," and "Kansas City," sung by the cast, from "Oklahoma."
The musical revue, directed by MaryJo Alexander, also featured pianist Deborah Ingersoll, who also served as music director.
Ticket and show information
"A Grand Night for Singing" can be seen through Nov. 3 on Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The show is appropriate for all ages, and is performed without intermission.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 330-374-7568, or by visiting www.actorssummit.org. Tickets are $33 for adults, $28 for seniors over 65; and $10 for all students younger than 30. Season subscriptions are available and range in price from $98 to $150 for all 7 shows.
The theater is on the sixth floor of historic Greystone Hall, 103 High St. in downtown Akron. The facility features barrier free access, free parking, and full bar service.
Next on stage
For the holidays, Actors' Summit will produce "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Presents A Christmas Carol," which will run Nov. 27 through Dec. 22.