Friday, November 22, 2013
Stage West Calgary's "Love Train - The Soul Of Motown" Review
Stage West Calgary
"Love Train - The Soul Of Motown"
The "Before-Noon Entertainment Review"
- Stage West Calgary's production of
"Love Train: The Soul Of Motown"
If you want to be "getting your groove on" over the next couple of months, you could make that happen much more easily with the assistance of the wide-ranging array of soul hits presented by the hum-dinger of a cast in Stage West Calgary's latest musical revue.
If there's one thing that almost always ensures a sure-fire hit at this theatre, it's the combination of well-known hits and top-notch performers - in many cases igniting applause as soon as the audience recognizes the songs that Timothy French and Howard Pechet have chosen to be showcased in this expansive reflection on the pervasive influence of soul on the music charts.
If your tastes go as far back as Big Mama Thornton and Etta James, or stay a little closer to modern times with Beyonce and Bruno Mars, you are guaranteed to find songs that will connect and make you wish there was a dance floor somewhere in the immediate vicinity.
Having just opened, the first few performances before media viewings are typically an opportunity to work out any kinks before we get in to gauge the show for our reviews.
If these 10 singers get any better, they'll want to record a show or two live off the floor and sell CDs in the lobby! When you hear the precision of the songs presented, like "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Hound Dog", "This Magic Moment", or "Up On The Roof" - I can't even begin to list the highlights here! And those are just in the first act!!
Troy Adams, Aurianna Angelique, Tafari Anthony, Andrew Broderick, Starr Domingue, Rob James, Cavelle-Nell Romeo, Katrina Reynolds, Jeremiah Sparks, and Lee Siegel take turns showcasing their own capabilities, as well as songs that just never get old - even if they are so contemporary you can still hear them on the radio. Or internet - whatever your choice of technology may be...
I'll post a link when my official Calgary Herald review goes live online and in the paper next week, but for now, I hope you are getting the gist of what I'm trying to say here - put on your boogie shoes, unpack your leisure suit, and get on down to Stage West Calgary for this show - this production has an abundance of irresistible soul!