Talent Machine cranks up for summer Ensemble: Bobbi Smith's group to reprise 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' in season opener.


June 07, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's summer, so crank up the machine. The Talent Machine, that is.

Bobbi Smith's award-winning Talent Machine Company, which has provided us with some of the finest entertainment we've seen in seasons past, opens this season on June 16 with two reprise performances of last summer's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Talent Machine's Justin Brill will star again as the biblical hero who sported that famous coat of many colors, while Karen Zucco, formerly of Arundel High School and now a sophomore at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Conn., returns as the songful narrator.

This production copped a "Greenie" from me in 1995 as the best show I saw all year. Bring along a pillow to cushion the blow as your jaw hits the floor when you realize just how good these kids are.

"Joseph" plays at Key Auditorium on the campus of St. John's College at 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.

Next, it's time for Smith's 6- to 14-year-olds to take the Key Auditorium stage in "Magical Musical Tour," a fast-paced revue that opens June 19 and plays Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings through July 12. Show time is 7: 30 p.m.

The older children take the stage July 17 with "Crazy For You," the all-singing, all-dancing, all-Gershwin smash that will play Wednesdays through Fridays at Key Auditorium through Aug. 9.

"Crazy for You" spins the yarn of a young city banker who heads west and changes a sleepy town into a show business capital.

The score includes such classics as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You."

Information and reservations: 956-0512.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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