I was fortunate this morning in being able to catch the final performance of CAP21 Presents Summer Stock NYC: A Celebration of the Broadway Musical at Hunter College’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse. The 75 minutes show focused on women in Broadway with rollicking renditions of terrific songs from everything from Oklahoma to Thoroughly Modern Millie, and from Les Miserables to Sunset Boulevard.
The show got off to a slow start but quickly picked up steam and by the time of its final number, the audience was on its feet in cheers. The Director (Scott Burkell), Choreographer (Tony Stevens) and Musical Director (Karl Mansfield) all deserve considerable credit for putting together such an entertaining production - as do all the rest of the Creative and Music teams and the Acting Ensemble. But the biggest accolades must go to the show’s seven female stars – Karen Mason, Colleen Zenk, Carrie Manolakos, Pearl Sun, Kelly Felthous, Dana Steingold and Kelsey Crouch Pinter – all of whom boasted extraordinary voices and marvelous stage presences . Of the seven, Karen Mason was the best of the best, but that’s not to take anything away from the other six, all of whom were wonderful in their own rights.
The only thing wrong with the show was that it had too short a run – only six performances in Manhattan in all –so it could not attract the large size audience it deserved. But the company has indicated that it plans to correct that problem with the show it stages next year, with performances in all five boroughs. Keep that in mind and try not to miss it, whatever borough you might hail from.