The musical version is sensationally enjoyable. The songs, written by Dolly Parton, are varied, some with that hit of country twang, some with it all out celebrated. While the touring cast may not have the huge names of the original Broadway version (it would have been awesome to see Allison Janney as Violet), they have excellent voices and collectively quite an impressive resume, which includes a fair amount of spots on soap operas. No wonder, they're all very pretty people. Dolly herself makes an appearance via video at the start with some background info and again at the end providing an update on how the lives of the characters turned out in the future. Part of the beginning intro was a bit campy, perhaps a few too many references that link back to her, but a descent idea to provide some background for those who haven't seen the movie or a refresher for those who did many, many years ago. The projector didn't work at the end and her image was jerky then disappeared completely while the audio continued and the cast mouthed the words.
|Diana as Doralee |
|Dee as Violet |
|Wendy and Judy (not Mamie)|
|Mamie as Judy|
|Hart with Judy and Violet|
What would one of these posts be without mentioning the happenings in the orchestra pit. In this case "orchestra" is a bit of a misnomer, band is more appropriate. Taking a peak over the railing at intermission I discovered a very complete percussion section, all handled by one guy, 7 different guitars played by two guys, several keyboards, each hooked up to a laptop which looked to be running something like Garage Band which I'm guessing provided the extra string and woodwind sounds. There were also two reed players who each had a clarinet and flute, and between them a bass clarinet, bari and tenor sax. Two trumpets, a trombone, and a bass rounded out the group.
|The Women with Dolly Parton (www.gonaples.com)|