How well does the cast of Reel Musicwork together? My husband thought they were an established group, a quartet! Director Bill Castellino has the four who don’t look or act alike or project the same personalities wonderfully melding or going solo or forming duets in song and dance from famous movies.
After an enthusiastic “Hooray for Hollywood” done in bright formals with the gals wearing equally bright jewels, even on eyeglasses, the four go on to a moving “That’s Entertainment.” Tall, leading-man-type Gil Brady then does most introducting of selections and soliciting answers to questions about them.
In duets, Gil’s paired with blond Liz Power whose soprano also shines in romantic numbers like “The Way We Were” and “The Windmills of My Mind.” Shorter, more comedic Matt Mundy singly shows how “Make ‘Em Laugh” ripped off “Be a Clown” – and does well with both. Partnering with diminutive L. R. Davidson makes for cute renditions of “Jeepers Creepers” and “S”Wonderful.”
The four have success with harmonizing on such numbers as “Working 9 to 5” and an “As Time Goes By” that leads into “The Circle of Life.” But the imaginative showstopper is a set of songs without words. They use neutral syllables and gestures to present themes from the likes of “E.T.,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Rocky,” Indiana Jones and Mr. Magoo.
Matching the fine sense of style of the cast are their very colorful costumes, which mimic the dress of the eras of the movies that featured their songs. No one uses body microphones, adding to the glamour of the presentation. Lighting changes the color of the cabaret stage backdrop as well--from pastels to deep rose or blue or purple. All contribute to a real nice Reel Music.