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For the full review by Jan Wallman of CabaretExchange.com, see below
“Crossroads” tells the life stories in song of three attractive young male singers: Marc G. Dalio, Michael Givens, and David Rappaport. Each of these men is a really good singer/actor. Each of them has something to say and they have, with a minimum of talk, 15 numbers comprising 22 songs to perform their interesting sagas. The songs are mostly contemporary, none of them written for this show, but culled from established pop tunes of the late years of the last century to the present. No printed program crediting the composers was present and this omission should be corrected. However, the material was so well chosen that with the exception of a few very familiar songs, some of the audience members might well believe the singers were making it up as they went along.
Sung in excellent three-part harmony and backed by a swinging four-piece band led by musical director Anthony Ruggerio, they started with “A New World” which served to introduce the three separate personalities, then segued into a truly deplorable, ugly song, “It Sucks To Be You” from Avenue Q. That number totally lost this reviewer to the point that it amazes me that I was able to shrug off my revulsion and get back into the mood to enjoy the show as they moved on to more tasteful material.
The proceedings were staged smartly. Credit should be given here to Joe Elephante, director, and to Scott Rink whose musical staging kept the cleverly paced show moving seamlessly. The Laurie Beechman Theater is the perfect venue for this revue. It has a stage of good size, superior sight lines, comfortable seating at tables, professional lights and sound. Every song selection was apropos in that each singer had turns as a soloist. The “gimmick” was that each individual’s ‘turn’ had him singing a ‘trio’ or medley of three songs designed to tell his personal story backed up by the other two singers. This worked so effectively we were left feeling we now know – and like – these three guys a lot and would hope to see them again either in a reprise of this show at The Laurie Beechman or booked in another suitable club, maybe even in another city. And of course the evening serves as a fine showcase for the talents of Marc, Michael and David, all three of them just exude talent, charm and pizzazz.
By Jan Wallman, CabaretExchange.com , October 18, 2007
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