By Yvette Blackman, Contributing Writer @ Blogfinger
Who knew an Ocean Grove porch could be the setting for “Titanic,” the musical? Before you start muttering “preposterous” or “impossible,” go see for yourself.
Thursday evening, with few props and a brilliant sense of staging, director Nick Montesano put on an 11-minute production of the Tony Award-winning musical as part of “Celebrate Summer, A Broadway Musical Review.” The last two performances take place tonight (Friday) and Saturday at The Starving Artist’s summer stage, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The 90-minute production, with musical direction by Jeff Brown, reviewed favorites from “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Grease,” “Gypsy,” “A Little Night Music” and “Hair,” to name a few. But it was the sweeping depiction of the doomed RMS Titanic that won the loudest applause from the small crowd on the outdoor porch. Not to give away too much, I think I got seasick.
It surprised me that with only seven voices in the cast you could propably hear the show from Auditorium Park. A friend dragged me along, and I walked home singing a song. See if you know which musical these lyrics come from: “Glibby gloop gloopy / Nibby nabby noopy / La la la lo lo…”
Go ahead, I dare you: Try NOT to smile when you sing that!