Two Bits: The Barbershop Musical (review)

Two Bits: The Barbershop Musical (review)
Two Bits: The Barbershop Musical (review)
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THE PLAY: Danny comes home to his dad’s barbershop on the day he’s getting married, but it’s really about the classic songs and new tunes.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This quintet has voices that blend beautifully, bolstered by their comic talent, but it’s Paul Deiss and Tom Width who make this show so much fun. Deiss has pepped up the classics with clever variations and worked with Width on a handful of delightful originals. Act Two features a hilarious reworking of “Take Me Out,” a moving rendition of “Danny Boy” (featuring Jason Marks), Richard Koch’s sublimely wacky “Halibut” and the bravura reworking of Bach’s Branderburg Concerto #3, which is brilliantly written and amazingly performed. A standout of the season. Deiss also shines with his performance on the mechanical Nicky the Nickelodeon. His solo is another highlight. Width’s choreography adds bounce to the songs and his impressive set is beautifully detailed. Joe Doran’s lights add some dramatic moments.

 

THE POINT: The singers are in great voice, but it’s the clever arrangements and wonderful originals that make this musical so darn much fun.

 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

 

At Swift Creek Mill Theatre thru 5/16

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