The star of Nice Work if You Can Get It, the current production of Dallas Summer Musicals at the Fair Park Music Hall, isn’t one of its leads. The star of this show actually is its chorus.
Yes, the chorus is what keeps you waiting for the next musical number and the next, because this production is filled with talented dancers, great singers and some old-school hoofing In the show packed with timeless tunes penned by George and Ira Gershwin, the music shines and David Eggers’ upbeat choreography sparkles. Whether it’s a pinstripe-wearing vice squad or pink-bubbled bathers, the musical numbers are ridiculously fun.
The plot is thin, but musical theater lovers won’t care. Set in the Roaring Twenties, the comedy follows a wealthy playboy on the verge of his wedding who meets a blonde bootlegger. Plenty of funny lines are thrown in along the predictable story that features a charming and boyish Alex Enterline as the male lead and petite Mariah MacFarlane as the female lead. If there’s a weak link, it’s MacFarlane whose voice is strong but whose transitions from rough-talking bootlegger to songstress can be startlingly abrupt.
But enjoying the old-fashioned musical farce and forgiving its flaws is easy. Nice Work if You Can Get It will leave audiences singing “ ‘S Wonderful.”
The show (dallassummermusicals.org) continues through Sunday at Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas, then moves to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth for a run Sept. 16 through 21.
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Borrowing a six-year-old girl isn’t necessary to enjoy “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” the current Dallas Summer Musicals (dallassummermusicals.org) in Dallas. Even a jaded, seen-it-all adult will enjoy this family-friendly show, staged through Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The costumes are so lavish, the sets so imaginative, the lighting so dramatic that adults and their children will delight in this sea fantasy featuring Alan Menken’s music. The popular Disney animated film is transported to stage in an undulating incarnation of bubbles, fish, sea gulls, sailors and, of course, mermaids. Those who loved the movie won’t be disappointed. Chelsea Morgan Stock handles the title role well, combining girlish wonder with a beautiful voice and rendering a sweet, near perfect version of ”Part of Your World.” Tap dancing sea gull, Scuttle, played by Matt Allen, highlights Act II with his comical malapropisms, and Liz McCartney steals the spotlight with her rendition of Ursula the sea witch and the movie’s well-remembered song “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The true stars of the show are the lovely costumes designed by Amy Clark and Mark Koss, the amazing sets by Kenneth Foy and the innovative lighting. All together it makes the production numbers entertaining and fun. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a version of a Broadway show now revised by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a bubble of a musical. Only a poor, unfortunate soul would miss it.
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