December 5, 2011
In the last two weeks
I have had the privilege to see two oldies-but-goodies
- A Tuna Christmas and Godspell.
in Austin, Texas I saw A Tuna Christmas.
New Yorkers won't be able to see the show anytime
soon, the next stop for the Tuna Tour will
be Galveston, Texas. But the Tuna boys
have been to the big city before and I guarantee
you, they shall return.
The Tuna shows are written by Jaston Williams,
Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. They are performed by
Williams and Sears under the direction of Howard.
Williams and Sears play around twenty bizarre characters,
the residents of the mythical Tuna, Texas - the
third smallest town in the state. Male, female,
young, old, fat or tall - they play them all.
If you ever get a chance to see any of the shows
- Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas,
Red White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas
- drop everything and run to the show. And those
boys are as blisteringly funny today as they were
the first time I saw a Tuna show. And if
I told you how long ago that was, I would have to
kill you because you would then know my expiration
date. Williams and Sears are living breathing Ever
Then on to Godspell. Godspell
has been around for a long time; it opened on Broadway
in 1971 and there have been hundreds of regional
and community productions. It would be hard to not
be familiar with the music which is quite wonderful.
This music is sprinkled through the spoken words
of the show - the "acted out" parables
of Jesus Christ.
So how does the Circle in the Square theater revival
measure up? It is quite good but even with the superb
energy of the cast, it seemed dated to this reviewer.
But that is only how it seemed to me because by
now I have so many musical memories of the show,
it would be hard for any production to compete with
the musical-in-my-mind. I had a similar problem
with the revival of Hair - another show
that I had seen many times in the past.
But thank goodness, jaded old theater lovers like
me are not the entire possible audience. So if you
have never seen the show, listened to the sound
track hundreds of times etc. etc, you should run
to the Circle inthe Square. The show is very well
done and the actors are simply amazing - wonderful
voices and timing.
Godspell runs Tuesday
- Saturday nights at 8PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees
at 2:30 and Sunday night at 7:30. Ticket Price:
$125.00; $135.00 Saturdays Tickets by Phone: 212-239-6200
Circle in the Square Theatre
| W. 50th St. Between Broadway and 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019