The songs are scored for an onstage five-piece rock combo, with the musicians stepping downstage to play subsidiary acting roles. Suitable for a 299-seater, this doesn't quite fill the 2,250 seat City Center. Goldsberry, however, makes up for the imbalance; the best moment of the show, in fact, is her rendition of Cryer and Ford's superb "Old Friend," which is performed with a piano-only accompaniment. (Musical director Chris Fenwick, who did a superb job two weeks ago with Off-Center's The Cradle Will Rock, is at the piano here.)
Other effective spots include "Dear Tom," "In a Simple Way I Love You" (from Rabinowitz), "Put in a Package and Sold" and "Lonely Lady" (which Goldsberry delivers a cappella). Also scoring is "Strong Woman Number," led by Sajous, who was a standout in a similarly small role in last winter's Forever Dusty.
Director/choreographer Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), who served as artistic director of Encores! for five seasons, seems to have relished the chance to do a full staging for the series. (Unlike other Encores! offerings, this one has a full set — albeit Off-Broadway style — by Derek McLane.) Marshall's work, and Goldsberry's performance, serve as a memorable cap to Encores! Off-Center's first season.
During the opening night curtain call, Cryer and Ford — the first female composer/lyricist team to achieve a sustained career in American musical theatre — climbed onstage and received a strong, and fitting, ovation.
You're invited to spend an evening filled with personal tales of difficult choices, bad breaks, worse men and some of the most glorious songs ever written. It's an intimate evening, up close with a legend.
So pull up a chair and order up a drink. Because she's got a life to sing. Tickets as low as $85!
Fuerza Bruta Wayra
Here Lies Love
On The Town
Piece of My Heart
Scenes From A Marriage
Sex With Strangers
The Country House
The Good and The True
This is Our Youth
You Can't Take It With You