Stage Door Players
through June 16, 2019
In 1904 a young man named Thomas Wright Waller, was born in New York as a son of a preacher man. By the time he was six he started at the piano, and went on to organs and other instruments. But, he’s better known as “Fats” Waller, and in his short life of only 39 years he wrote more than 400 pieces, some of which are still jazz hall standards.
This a splendid cabaret style performance directed by Robert Egizio, starring five wonderful singer-dancers and a live 6 piece band on stage. The cast runs through more than two dozen of his famous numbers, including some you want to sing along to, such as Honeysuckle Rose, This Joint is Jumpin’, Your Feet’s Too Big, and the most remembered, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.
Alyssa Michele, Vallea E. Woodbury, and Melissa Youngblood are the three hot chicks who be playin’ off them two gents who are played by Spencer G. Stephens and Fenner Eaddy. Each of these five has great pipes and know them steps they supposed to take. I felt like I was in the jazz halls in Boston and New York in the old days, and sure am glad that some of them, like The Apollo, are still around.
Nick Silvestri is on the keys and is the conductor. David Anthony Kelly, Jr. is bass and Adam Wolfe is on the drums. Off to the left behind the scrim are Jonathan Swygert and Paul Poovey on trumpets and Joseph Jenkins on sax. You hear them but they ain’t stage center.
A really terrific show for all ages. More info at StageDoorPlayers.net