"Eli's Comin' " is a wonderfully musical revue of the songs of '60s-'70s folk icon Laura Nyro that inspires interesting, if sometimes odd, staging.
By CARAID O'BRIEN
"Eli's Comin' " is a musical revue of the songs of Laura Nyro, a folk icon
whose work vastly influenced Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul and Mary, and
countless others. Co-created by Bruce Buschel and Diane Paulus, the show is
also directed by Paulus, best known for her long-running Shakespearean disco,
"The Donkey Show." which she co-created with partner Randy Weiner.
is beautifully arranged by Diedre Murray and the backup band led by Joe
Rubinstein is excellent, filled with personality a welcome change from the traditional pit orchestra.
|Written by: Diane Paulus, Bruce Buschel.|
Cast: Judy Kuhn, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Ronnell Bey, Anika Noni-Rose, Mandy Gonzalez.
Music by: Laura Nyro, arranged by Diedre Murray.
The Laura Nyro character played by Judy Kuhn portrays a young artist
discovering a seedy yet adventure-filled New York in the sixties and
seventies. With just an echo of a plot, the piece, which has no spoken words,
centers around the artist and two other young women (Mandy Gonzalez and
Anika Noni Rose) and their troubled romantic relationships with "Captain," a
familiar player in the Nyro canon.
Danced by Tony Award winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia
as a tattooed Latin tempter flitting on and off stage, the
addition of this nearly non-singing character doesn't quite work and breaks
up the rhythm of the show.|
Ronnell Bey, the most interesting and defined presence on stage, embodies a
gypsy, a mother and numerous other roles through her singing. The performers
move around dramatically between numbers, and the dancing is undefined, loose
and folksy. The evening's title song is one of its highlights other great
Nyro numbers include: "And When I Die" and "Sweet Blindness."
Nyro's lyrics are poetical and the music moving and powerfully interpreted
a fine concert, if not exactly a theater piece.
|MAY 16, 2001|
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