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Sing, Sing, Sing

Content Rating: Suitable for Everyone

Type of Performing Arts: Theatre

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(Rating: 3.9: Rating Closed) | List the 3 Reviews!

Sing, Sing, Sing by Jughead Theatricals

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
by Detailer

3 out of 5

Sing, Sing, Sing by Jughead Theatricals

Entertaining focus on a cappella vocals

Paul E. Orwick conceived and directed a singing show that was more about the sounds than the words or meaning. That was an interesting concept to explore. But he also gave us some entertaining lyrics of his own in the opening number and in a barbershop-style quartet that turned unexpectedly funny. He also arranged several of the numbers, with “Summertime” being especially interesting. Paul wrote “Alleluia” and had the cast come closer to the audience for a different sound effect.

The show opened well with the surprise lyrics and sharp staging. It really came alive vocally with “In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’”, although the number would have been enhanced with a variation in the stage picture, particularly when the song built.

“Ode to Billy Joe” was the most emotionally moving song to me, and Paul directed stage pictures that fit the story well.

The content was not as interesting to me, with lots of “doo ooh” and repetitive words in many of the songs. The background vocals often overwhelmed the soloist’s words. I thought they could have been more consistent in how each of them used the microphones; the sound did not always seem balanced to me. I would have liked more interesting movements within songs and as transitions.

But I appreciated the difficulty of 8 singers pulling off a cappella singing without a conductor.

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