Backstage With Bruno Review
Singing, dancing, romance, reminiscing, conspiracy, gangsters, a story within a story, airplanes on stage and spit takes. That’s a bundle of action to fit into 2 hours, but Director Mark Lafeber and his cast and crew manage to do so quiet nicely in Columbus High School’s production of Lambert and Morrison’s The Drowsy Chaperone.
Mina Kianovsky plays The Man In The Chair who tells the story of a typical old time Broadway musical while knitting in her easy chair, you know the type of musical that they just don’t make anymore. Mina does a wonderful job as narrator for this schtickish celebration of 1920s musical comedies. I would’ve have loved to hear more of Mina’s voice, but she excels in this role.
There are some wonderful voices in the production. Kyla Peterson as Janet knocks the featured song Show Off out of the park. You like big voices? Caralea Grant as The Drowsy Chaperone singing As We Stumble Along and Stephanie Njeru leading I Do I Do In The Sky should fit that bill.
Give Devon Jordan the biggest notable performance of the evening with his cheesy performance as Aldolfo the Latin lover. Devan got the most enthusiastic reaction from the 200 plus opening night attendees with his rendition of I Am Aldolfo. Honorable mention for notable performance of the evening is Sophia Genco as Mrs. Tottendale with multiple spit takes at the expense of her poor servant Underling beautifully underplayed by Kyle Fritz.
There are 2 more performances. Saturday night at 7:00 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Tickets can be purchased at the door at the Columbus High School gymnasium.