HILBERRY OPENS SEASON WITH ‘A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE’
by Sue Suchyta
The Hilberry, Wayne State University’s graduate theater company, opened its season Friday with a musical double feature, “A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine.”
The show runs through Oct. 15 and features book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh, with music by Frank Lazarus. It also includes additional music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and Johnny Mercer.
For show dates, times and additional information call the box office at (313) 577-2972 or go to http://www.hilberry.com.
Set in Hollywood in the 1930s, Act I, “A Day in Hollywood,” is a tribute to the memorable song and dance entertainment of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, while Act II, “A Night in the Ukraine,” is loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s “The Bear” with zany characters closely resembling the Marx Brothers.
The show is fun to watch, entertaining, and laughter-filled. Four of the new first year graduate student actors were introduced in this production: Alec Barbour, Danielle Cochrane, Topher Payne and David Sterritt.
Payne is a triple threat: he can act, sing and dance – even tap. Barbour had a chance to showcase his acting in Act II, as did Cochrane, whose vocals seemed a bit weak, perhaps due to the company cold rumored to be running rampant through the ranks. Sterritt is another new performer worth watching.
Jeremy Mossman, the musical director, steps out from behind the piano to treat us to his tapping, singing and acting.
Carollette Phillips is clever and funny as Gino, who is modeled after Harpo Marx, the mute but funny Marx brother.
Lorelei Sturm and Sara Hymes are talented triple threats, singing, dancing and performing multiple roles.
Andrew Papa, as the Serge-Groucho Marx character in Act II, is simply hysterical when paired with Dave Toomey, who plays the Carlo-Chico Marx character.
The show is fun and entertaining, and it’s delightful to see so much new talent on the Hilberry stage.
For more information, call the box office at (313) 577-2972 or go to http://www.hilberry.com.