Posted on Jul 21, 2014
4 out of 5
Never having explored the musical shows that Fringe has to offer, I was not really sure what to expect from “Sing, Sing, Sing”. Clearly a lot of talent went into building this show, as it was packed to the brim with talented singer/performers.
There was a good sense of humor running through several of the songs, for example the ridiculously catchy tune “Put the Lime in the Coconut” and the tell-you-anything-more-and-I’ll-ruin-it “Bachelor’s Overture”.
There also were some very good choices that got made when it came to selling some of the more story and character based songs. Especially in “Bachelor’s Overture” and “Ode to Billy Joe” the acting/characterizations really supported the vocal performance.
My personal favorite was the revue’s titular song, as the cast’s energy and enthusiasm for the piece was undeniable. The arrangement and performance had so much jazz and life to it that the passion with which the cast performed it was infectious. I also really loved another of the group musical pieces, “Godspodi Pomilui”. A challenging piece, it really shows off the revue’s vocal talent. The use of dynamics in the song was absolutely perfect.
Surprisingly one of the most memorable songs from the revue is the Rice Krispy’s jingle “Snap, Crackle, Pop”, mostly because the personalities of the performers really started to shine through with some banter back and forth. I am not a particular fan of audience participation, but it was used to great effect here.
For the most part the choreography did a good job of keeping the movement and action onstage dynamic. The lighting design was also very strong.
I wasn’t sold on several of the song choices that were made, and the song order didn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to it, which kept the revue from picking up as much momentum as it might have. Also several transitions were just a bit off. The nice thing about the show is that it features a wide range of different styles, however, in part because of that, it wasn’t particularly cohesive as a whole.
I would have liked to see the solo parts spread out more evenly among the ensemble, as there were a few voices I would have liked to hear more of as the end of the show. But that is certainly a minor problem for a show to have.
“Sing, Sing, Sing” is certainly a fun hour of entertainment and a nice change from some of the other aggressively “adult” pieces Fringe has to offer.