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Philadelphia Theatre Company production of Elegies
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PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY
"Elegies is engrossing, moving, and very much upbeat. The Philadelphia
Theatre Company gives Elegies, forgive me, a dead-on production. Joe Calarco
directs one bouncy paean to eternal rest. He's aided by fine theatrical
voices, plus nonstop pianist Kimberly Grigsby, ticker-tape snow, floating
lanterns, and other effects from set designer James Kronzer - and striking
lighting by Chris Lee."
"The Philadelphia Theatre Company pulls off a masterful production of the
musical Elegies. The show teams director Joe Calarco and lighting designer
Chris Lee, who together worked serious magic on PTC's Barrymore
Award-winning production of Jason Robert Brown's song cycle The Last Five
Years. Calarco has wisely cast the production with performers who are both
strong vocalists and accomplished actors. Elegies doesn't just meet
expectations-it exceeds them."
"Joe Calarco has fashioned a touching and cohesive 90 minutes out of the
song cycle, no easy feat without the aid of a book. Kudos also to the cast
of five, led by Finn veteran Michael Rupert, for bringing emotional
integrity to material that could easily have been overperformed."
"William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle is a heartfelt, often moving
celebration of life. Joe Calarco's inventive staging for the Philadelphia
Theatre Company brings out the best in these songs, heightening their
theatrical elements with fascinating touches. Calarco's ever-moving staging
makes Elegies fascinating to watch. He is a director with a deep
understanding of his material and exciting ideas on how to present it."
"Easily one of the high points of the season, Signature Theatre's Elegies
is, in a word, heavenly. Performed to perfection by a gifted, seamlessly
assembled quintet. An evening of singular style and grace, this melodic trip
to the cemetery gates leaves you feeling swell."
"A hauntingly beautiful production. The five actors acquit themselves with polished, impassioned performances that never go over the top.
This glorious musical goes beyond mourning and looking back — it urges us
to look up."
"Elegies is touching, funny, and ultimately buoyant; floating on the
spirits of those who inhabit its songs. Calarco's dark, spare stage
showcases the songs as the stars and thus the show flows on a current of
emotion, like a celebratory wake. Signature Theatre has taken Mr. Finn's
work and created a wonderful musical feast."
"Director Joe Calarco's refusal to treat the material as just songs is
the key to the success of the evening. He stages each song as a stand-alone
scene, almost a one act play, but he ties them all together. The singing is
simply splendid, and it is the acting that turns the evening into something
"Directed by Joe Calarco, the piece has an unearthly quality that works well. The show moves effortlessly from one number to the next.
The entire ensemble performs the score beautifully. They complement each
other well. This group also proves to be excellent actors. Each one breaths
life into the songs they sing."
"Elegies is ably directed by Joe Calarco and well lit by Chris Lee. When
theater is good—and this show is very good— the audience’s heart and soul
"Vibrant. Bracing and celebratory. The show's full-voiced chameleonic
cast paints the portraits indelibly."
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