Gilbert & Sullivan from Skylight and Gutzman

The Skylight Music Theatre celebrates G&S in a fleet and funny revue by Dale Gutzman.

By - Jan 4th, 2013 04:00 am
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Diane Lane (L), Ray Jivoff and Niffer Clarke hurry through a 12-minute “Mikado” in Dale Gutzman’s “Here’s a Howdy Do” at the Skylight. Mark Frohna photo for the Skylight Music Theatre.

Here’s a Howdy Do, Dale Gutzman’s second innovative tribute to Gilbert & Sullivan is zany, off the wall and the most fun you’ll have this winter. Jam-packed with comedic bits, one-liners, physical humor and song, this show is a 10 from start to finish. This Skylight Music Theatre production runs through Jan. 13 in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center.

Gutzman’s selection of material is inspired; his script is natural, playful and light. Delivered with spirit and gusto by a talented cast, this romp through the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire will delight long-time fans and win over those new to the world of G&S. The vocals are flawless – crisp, clipped and rapid fire one minute, broad and sublime the next.

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Paul Helm is not playing “Chopsticks” in “Here’s a Howdy Do.” Mark Frohna photo for the Skylight.

The acting is also superb. Feisty, wise-cracking diva Diane Lane is the perfect counterpoint to scene-stealing ingenue Niffer Clarke. Their feigned rivalry throughout the show adds texture and shows off the comedic prowess of this delightful duo. Ray Jivoff is a dynamo, whirling about the stage, singing, dancing and serving as your master of ceremonies. His 12-minute Mikado is a tour de force. Actor and musical director Paul Helm, smooth and low key, rounds out the foursome perfectly.

Props figure largely in this otherwise sparsely-staged production. Gutzman goes all out with over-sized puppets, fans, veils and a myriad of costume and set pieces to add color, humor and playfulness to his story. All in all, a feast for the senses. Enjoy!

For tickets and further information, visit the Skylight’s website or call the Broadway Theatre Center box office, 414 291-7800.

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