Review by John K. Adams
Down on Your Knees and Up to the Moon shreds any conventional expectations of what a musical is. What a fun show!
Set in a posh New York hotel restaurant on the eve of both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, the plot involves jewel thieves, the discovery of true love, cellophane and the largest catalog of slaps on the West Coast.
The writers explode genre conventions in a series of absurd vignettes while setting up faithful re-creations of jazz-era and doo-wop songs in this jukebox musical. To hear those lyrics and melodies once again, all sung a capella and with flawless affection, was a joy. Chad Doreck brings range and heart to several songs. Many other singers also get their solo shot, and deliver.
It’s a great showcase for emerging actors and singers. Writers Gloria Gifford, Lucy Walsh, Jade Warner, Lauren Plaxco, Chad Doreck, Billy Dudinich and Danny Siegel, populate the stage with loveable types. As the characters fall in love (or not), we fall for them again. The roles aren’t large, but the talented ensemble cast puts its memorable stamp on them.
Director Gloria Gifford keeps things fluid and hilarious as characters pursue their personal dramas. The lighting design effectively draws the audience’s attention to each unfolding story. The costumes and hair evoke their era with style.
Down on Your Knees and Up to the Moon is staged through April 30th at T.U. Studios located at 10943 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. Show times vary.
For information and tickets call (310) 366-5505 or visit Tix.com and search: Down On Your Knees.
This piece originally appeared in the Tolucan Times on April 22nd, 2016.