Award-winning play falls flat in latest revival.
– review of the show in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center (West Palm Beach).
In a night filled with high expectations considering the superlatives the show’s history has followed (best musical in 1970 and best revival Tony Award in 2007), positive sentiments swayed rather quickly. Seemingly everywhere you looked audience members could be seen looking at their watches, obviously bored with the slow-moving show. However, while this show wasn’t built around theatrics of major productions, it still garnered a few standout moments, most notable by Leah Sessa’s hilarious performance as Amy in Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Married Today.
As if shot out a cannon, Sessa was masterful with her attention-grabbing physical cues as well as her rapid-fire delivery of the lyrics. The song about her reluctance to get married to her Jewish fiancé is one of many show-stoppers (just not in this play) by Sondheim whose portfolio includes Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Dick Tracy and many more. Unfortunately, while her welcoming singing chops along with a few stellar vocals by Mallory Newbrough (playing Marta) and Josh Kolb (playing Paul), things really were a miss. The band faltered a few times as well as the microphones so as much as you wanted to embed yourself in the story about Bobby who can’t commit to a relationship even with the nagging of friends and family, sometimes your mind wandered…that is if you could divert attention of the obnoxious chorus of “Bobby” over and over.
Company continues its run until through August 6th.