Those wacky clowns, the Troubadour Theater Company, are back and they are tearing up the stage at the Falcon Theatre with their annual holiday spoof show. As always they merge pop music with a familiar Yuletide story and the result is a riotous evening of light satire and pure nonsense.
This year writer/director and chief jester Matt Walker has taken the slim story of Frosty the Snow Man and his magic top hat and infused it with some songs and jingles from everyone”™s favorite schmaltzy singer, the one, the only Barry Manilow.
The storyline is a bit on the lean side but that doesn”™t matter one whit. All these merry pranksters need is sufficient plot to string together a bunch of songs with mangled lyrics. Hence “Oh Mandy” becomes “Oh Frosty” and “Copancabana” becomes “Greenhouse Cabana” and so forth.
It”™s all just an excuse for various stunts, lazzis (slapstick and gag-style comedy) as well as prop comedy. The cast have a selection of jokes handy for when characters lose their mustaches (I”™m looking at you, Rick Batalla – loved your impression of Manilow, though!) or when a low-tech prop refuses to co-operate.
Once again, the songs are the highlight of this season”™s musical. Evidently a great deal of care was taken in putting together a top-notch band who flawlessly duplicate many of Manilow”™s hit numbers as well as his memorable advertising jingles. The four-strong backing band is brilliant and the entire cast are outstanding singers and dancers. I have to give credit to Nadine Ellis and Ameenah Kaplan for their deceptively simple yet tight choreography. This is clearly a cast that works extra hard to make it all seem effortless.
A highlight of the evening is a lively jitterbug followed by a tap routine – worthy of Dancing with the Stars – featuring the strongest dancers in the cast. These guys are so incredibly talented.
It all shapes up to be a festive night of lively entertainment. For an evening of riotous laughter, dance and song, look no further than the Troubadour”™s wacky blend of a holiday fable with pop music.
Last two weeks so hurry!
THE FALCON THEATRE
is located at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank.
Box office and bookings – (818) 955 8101
Runs: until Sunday, January 17th, 2010 (7pm show)
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 8PM,
Saturday at 4PM & 8PM,
Sunday at 4PM & 7PM
Weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $32.50 – $35.00
Weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $37.50 – $40.00
review by Pauline Adamek