Monday, 07 November 2011 10:16

Sally Spectre the Musical

Written by Kathee Starr
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sally spectre From the clever and inventive brain cells of David P. Johnson comes a witty and spooktacular musical, "Sally Spectre". Five year old Sally met her demise at the end of a hatchet, circa 1900 New Orleans. We find her trapped in a purgatory of her own mind, a place constructed by her memories, a child's bedroom with a few of her favorite toys. She cannot open the door--- she is trapped. When she looks out the window, the neighborhood kids scream and run away. She has nasty headaches now and then--- probably due to the hatchet that is embedded in her skull, which she is completely unaware of. She has accepted her fate of isolation and confinement, though she realizes that something is very wrong. Why has she not grown up or aged these last fifty years? Why can't she go outside? Why does her head hurt?

She copes with all this because her toys talk to her, they love and support her. They realize that she doesn't know the truth, but they also know that only she can face the facts--- they can't do it for her. The covered mirror by the toy box proves that she is not ready for the truth---yet.

Will she face the image in the mirror and free herself from this web of uncertainty?

This tasty book by David P. Johnson is reminiscent of Tim Burton's spooky stories. Designed for adults over about 9, it is a perfect balance of pathos, comedy, songs and fun. Replete with toy characters and wraiths, the fully talented cast is clearly Broadway caliber. The music is sophisticated, complex, and perfectly structured. Stephen Sondheim is lurking about within the bars, beats, and melodies of this delightful libretto. Enticing melodies, sweet harmonies, and clever lyrics make every song a show-stopper. The orchestra is comprised of Johnson at the keyboard, and his musical skills are nothing short of genius. Not one wrong note the entire evening, and it was completely memorized!

Janet Miller's direction and staging is tight and pithy. Every move and beat is exactly right. The costumes were designed by a cadre of experts, and perfectly enhances the fantasy. The simple set is a focused design that really placed us in the little girl's imagination.

Perfect for the halloween season, this show is a must-see. Strange and wonderful, sweet and macabre all at once, with rich and alluring music, this truly heartwarming fantasy beckons. Don't miss this. It evaporates on November 20.

Sally Spectre the Musical
NoHo Stages
4934 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
General Tix $25.00
Fridays at 8:30 pm
Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 7 pm
www.sallyspectre.com

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  • Comment Link Theatre Lover Monday, 07 November 2011 15:51 posted by Theatre Lover

    A modern day Wizard of Oz ... everyone in it was superb, amazing acting and vocal capability from all seven cast members. I'm going to see it again!

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