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Shout – Marriott Theatre

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Shout! At the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire

Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell

Runs June 24-August 14

 

Marriott re-conceives Shout! with top

-notch vocals and dynamite dancing

 

By Darcy Rose Coussens

 

The Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire has long maintained a reputation of excellence, and Shout! does not disappoint. The groovy, sparkly set is gorgeous but simple, of course allowing visibility from all four sides. The characters are unnamed, but the five singers develop their own personalities throughout the show, somewhat reminiscent of Donna and the Dynamos in Mamma Mia. It’s like taking the best song and dance numbers from musicals and putting them all together without worrying about a story. This re-conceived version is definitely a hit. Audience members loved the renditions of familiar tunes, and the show was a blast of pure fun.

 

The beginning feels a little aimless, since the audience does not know what to expect and the singers perform one song after another without a plot. However, soon it really gets going with some especially outstanding vocal performances by Carey Anderson and Jessie Mueller. The five singers jam to arrangements of favorite hits like “Downtown” and “These Boots Were Made for Walking”.

 

What stands out most is the exceptional dancing. Although the different singers and dancers seem a bit disjointed at first (the singers only sing, the dancers only dance), it quickly becomes clear that this separation allows the dancers to do much more than is possible in a typical musical. The dances are extremely impressive and include many styles. Several are short vignettes that interpret the lyrics of the singers’ songs. I found myself wishing for more dancing because it adds so much to what would otherwise basically have been a concert. The men are excellent partners, and stand-out numbers like the “James Bond theme,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Puppet On a String” include plenty of risky lifts made to look effortless.

 

Shout! is funny, upbeat, and extremely entertaining. The many costumes are glitzy and stylized to the songs. All of the performers have lots of stamina for 90 minutes of song and dance without intermission, and the choreography is especially commendable. With plenty of hair-flipping and sass, this is a high-energy show that will have you dying to get out of your seat by the rendition of “Shout” at the end!

 

 

 

 

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Shout! At the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire
Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell
Runs June 24-August 14

Marriott re-conceives Shout! with top-notch vocals and dynamite dancing

By Darcy Rose Coussens

The Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire has long maintained a reputation of excellence, and Shout! does not disappoint. The groovy, sparkly set is gorgeous but simple, of course allowing visibility from all four sides. The characters are unnamed, but the five singers develop their own personalities throughout the show, somewhat reminiscent of Donna and the Dynamos in Mamma Mia. It’s like taking the best song and dance numbers from musicals and putting them all together without worrying about a story. This re-conceived version is definitely a hit. Audience members loved the renditions of familiar tunes, and the show was a blast of pure fun.

The beginning feels a little aimless, since the audience does not know what to expect and the singers perform one song after another without a plot. However, soon it really gets going with some especially outstanding vocal performances by Carey Anderson and Jessie Mueller. The five singers jam to arrangements of favorite hits like “Downtown” and “These Boots Were Made for Walking”.

What stands out most is the exceptional dancing. Although the different singers and dancers seem a bit disjointed at first (the singers only sing, the dancers only dance), it quickly becomes clear that this separation allows the dancers to do much more than is possible in a typical musical. The dances are extremely impressive and include many styles. Several are short vignettes that interpret the lyrics of the singers’ songs. I found myself wishing for more dancing because it adds so much to what would otherwise basically have been a concert. The men are excellent partners, and stand-out numbers like the “James Bond theme,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Puppet On a String” include plenty of risky lifts made to look effortless.

Shout! is funny, upbeat, and extremely entertaining. The many costumes are glitzy and stylized to the songs. All of the performers have lots of stamina for 90 minutes of song and dance without intermission, and the choreography is especially commendable. With plenty of hair-flipping and sass, this is a high-energy show that will have you dying to get out of your seat by the rendition of “Shout” at the end!

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