BENNINGTON — Bennington Community Theater lately introduced “A Brand New Day! Broadway Songs of Hope,” a musical cabaret that includes a various 12-person solid. The director, Mark Blank, introduced the present and defined that every tune stems from completely different themes of hope.
Blank mentioned the primary act was in regards to the hope of discovering a connection, discovering love and being beloved. The second act is about discovering a brand new life and the hope of liberation. He additionally mentioned, whereas the songs are about hope, the actual hope within the present are the solid members. They determined to carry out despite COVID and harsh winter climate so the present may be dropped at the stage for everybody to take pleasure in.
The present ran Thursday by Sunday and consisted of 20 songs from numerous Broadway musicals. The percussion and piano accompaniment have been reside and visual on stage all through the efficiency.
The solid had a large age and vocal vary. This allowed songs that specific completely different views of hope to be carried out. While songs like “Alone in the Universe” from “Seussical,” which opened the present, can provide a sense of hope to a youthful viewers, a tune like “Meadowlark” from “The Baker’s Wife,” carried out within the second act, evoke emotion from the extra seasoned members of the gang.
Just a few Bennington Community Theater newbies graced the stage alongside veterans. Some vets embody Blank who lately appeared in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” Emma Jansch who appeared in “The Haunting of Hill House” and Mary Jo Greco who’s on the Bennington Performing Arts Center board.
Unfortunately, the present started with some technical glitches. The actors appeared to have a tough time discovering a stability between the person voices. This occurred a number of instances all through the present. In addition, though it was not in anybody’s management, the rain on Thursday night time drew the eye away from a number of songs.
Even although the acoustics of the theater have been unforgiving, the solid had a number of moments of musical magic. “No Time at All” from the present “Pippin” was carried out by Greco, who virtually set the room on fireplace. She oozed vitality and expertise all through all the tune.
Another spotlight of the present was HK Goldstein’s efficiency of “Giants in the Sky” from “Into the Woods.” The speedy tempo and jam-packed lyrics are a problem to carry out. Even although the tune supplies technical challenges, Goldstein introduced a whole lot of vitality to the efficiency, working and leaping across the stage to embody the younger character for whom the tune was written.
The duet between Ingrid Madelayne and Lauren Biasi additionally deserves a highlight. They sang “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.” They had nice chemistry collectively and didn’t overpower each other through the tune’s part of counterpoint.
There was no scarcity of expertise within the solid. Anyone who has carried out reside theater is aware of it’s inconceivable to have a flawless efficiency, however the fantastic thing about reside theater is that, even with the failings, each second is exclusive and it’ll by no means occur once more.
More data on exhibits at Bennington Performing Arts Center may be discovered on-line at benningtonperformingartscenter.org.