Last night I had the opportunity to see my niece’s husband, David Bailey, perform in Broadway’s Greatest Hits” at Theatre Harrisburg. The cast consisted of eight people from various backgrounds.
The room, somewhat quaint, was setup cabaret style and with some row seating. Audience members brought wine to sip and snacks could be purchased at the concession area.
The show opened with the full cast performing “Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street, followed by the beautiful song “Memories” from Cats song by Sally Bowman Keaveney.
The four ladies, Trish Baillie, Sally Bowman, Keaveney, Angela Ruediger, and Cynthia Wells, took center stage and performed “Dancing Queen” from Mama Mia!.
When David took the stage to sing “Ruby, Ruby” from the Broadway hit Smokey Joe’s Cafe he sang directly to Katie, his six year old step-daughter. Katie shyly smiled, her grin reaching from ear to ear with a few giggles. The performance was upbeat and had everyone moving & grooving.
“Point of No Return” from the The Phantom of the Opera, was beautifully performed by Angela and Michael Zorger.
When the men, Carl Nieweld, Stuart Landon, David Bailey, and Michael Zorger took the stage to perform, “Keep it Gay”, from The Producers the audience roared with laughter as the men wore boas and a purple hat. Michael did gleeful leaps as David caught him and held him up. It was quite entertaining.
A total of twenty-eight songs were performed. Overall, for a small town local theatre and performers who do theatre because it’s what they like to do, did an excellent job.