Organizers: Everyone can enjoy 'Some Enchanted Evening'

Musical revue at Pa. theater will feature 23 tunes

Musical revue at Pa. theater will feature 23 tunes

March 29, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -The touring theater troupe Springer Theatricals hopes its production of "Some Enchanted Evening" will attract both the show-tune buff and first-time theatergoers.

The two-act musical revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites is showing Friday night at The Capitol Theatre.

The show's producer, Paul R. Pierce, artistic director of the Springer Theatre at Springer Opera House in Columbia, Ga. - where the traveling troupe is based - said he chose "Some Enchanted Evening" for this year's tour because the show is "approachable to someone who might not get into theater." The troupe has been touring for 18 years, Pierce said.

"We're trying to get more people into the theater," said Pierce, adding that the tour aimed to attract people to the art of theater and boost attendance.

The name of the production comes from a song of the same name in "South Pacific," a Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration that won nine Tonys in 1950.


The musical revue showing in Chambersburg will feature five actors who will sing 23 Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers.

"This is a good show for first-time theatergoers," he said. "Let's face it, Rodgers and Hammerstein sought out to take stories that are accessible and offer conflicts that are easy to understand."

The musical revue "Some Enchanted Evening" has received mixed reviews since its debut in the early '80s.

A New York Times reviewer had the following complaint about a 1992 Queens Theater in the Park production of the show: "If the evening had been presented as a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, rather than a pastiche with an artificial story line, it would have been far more enchanting."

Pierce said the show has been well-received on the tour. He said most audiences enjoy being able to revisit favorite show tunes.

The story places five performers backstage before a show, where they sing Rodgers and Hammerstein songs as a method of personal interplay. The actual show the actors were preparing for in act one takes place in act two, when the cast performs even more songs for the audience.

The story is thin because the focus is on the music in "Some Enchanted Evening."

"It's definitely a musical revue," Pierce said of the show, adding that there's no plot.

"The thing with Rodgers and Hammerstein, even though their music progressed the action of their plays, (the songs) were so good they could stand alone just because they're so fun to sing."

If you go ...

WHAT: "Some Enchanted Evening," a two-act musical revue of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, March 30

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Tickets range from $24 to $28.

MORE: Contact The Capitol Theatre by calling 717-263-0202.

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