Yes, I overplay this.
Cuz, yes, I love the original cast and music of
Christian Borle, Peter Bartlett,
John Cariani, Brooks Ashmanskas,
(Jon Hamm...That Mad Man! who was visiting),
Bryan D'Arcy James, and Brad Oscar.
Music by the Brothers Kirkpatrick,
the show earned the following description from the New York Times:
"This production wallows in
puerile puns, giggly double-entendres, lip-smacking bad taste
and goofy pastiche numbers often found in college revues."
Works for me! :)
Below, Brooks (looking much like a pilgrim)
and John with Kate Reinders as Portia.
In 1993, Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson
opened in Sunset Boulevard,
in London's West End.
Much to Patti's chagrin,
Glenn Close, who played the lead in the LA company,
was granted the opportunity to open it on
I'm playing Patti's version...
"Let's Have Lunch",
which features Kevin.
Music, Andrew Lloyd Webber (hisssssss),
lyrics, Don Black.
Nice Work If You Can Get It,
cuz why not do ANOTHER Gershwin compilation,
with maribou, beads, illegal hooch (is there a legal kind?)
and Mathew Broderick
(who supposedly possesses
"sleepy-faced cunning naiveté and low-watt skills")?
(I didn't make that up, that was the New York Post.)
Kelli O'Hara and (for a while) Estelle Parsons
also graced the stage.
"Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"
got to show off his dancing skills
with "Let's Misbehave" in
Pennies From Heaven,
a flick from 1981 which used music of the 20s and 30s.
He actually began his career dancing in nightclubs,
dropping out of Hofstra University after his freshman year
to star in the off-Broadway revival of
Best Foot Forward with a young Liza Minnelli.
Well, they were both pretty young...
Chris (then billed as Ronnie) was 20
and Liza, 17.
You'll just have to imagine his "Misbehaving" dance
(this IS radio!),
but check out youtube or the movie for the full effect.