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Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Pictured above: Justin Scott Brown, Josh Toney, Ashley Kate Adams, Alaina Mills, Ryan Breslin, James Lee Glatz, Lauren Sprague, Garett Hawe, Carl Draper, Andrew Chappelle and the Company

Two Gentlemen of Verona

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TWO GENTLEMEN
OF VERONA

music by
Galt MacDermot

book and lyrics by John Guare and
Mel Shapiro

directed and choreographed by
Andrew Palermo

musical direction
Roger Grodsky


February 2009

 

Winner of Five Cincinnati Enquirer
Acclaim Awards

We all yearn for great productions of great musicals. But there’s really nothing better than settling in at a so-so musical and falling in love.

The production I am officially in love with is Two Gentlemen of Verona, College-Conservatory of Music’s late winter musical. Palermo, ’95 CCM grad, returns to direct and choreograph, and he delivers an exhilarating, genuine romp.

Two Gents is exuberant from its opening moments, which is very hard work. Palermo the choreographer has the show constantly in motion, so we feel it’s youthful drive. He doesn’t repeat himself as his stand-up-and-cheer ensemble whirls through dance styles that celebrate the Seventies even as it’s all breathlessly up-to-date.

I don’t know if his triple-threat leading lady Lauren Sprague let him take things up a notch. What I can tell you is her second act opener would look right at home on Broadway.

Cincinnati Enquirer
 

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