I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Friday, November 22, 2019

Still More Theater Saturday - Let'Em Eat Cake

We were given complimentary tickets to Let'Em Eat Cake for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Let'Em Eat Cake

Where: Carnegie Hall
             881 7th Avenue
             New York, NY

Who: 13 and Up

When: This event took place on Thursday November 21 and Friday November 22

Mom - MasterVoices presentation of Let'Em Eat Cake was a followup to their 2017 presentation of Of Thee I Sing as it is a sequel to that show. It was actually the first musical sequel ever produced on Broadway and set a trend for sequels never measuring up to the original shows' succcess which probably accounts for why sequels are rarely produced. Upon first glance, the plot seems ridiculously far-fetched. It is about a President who loses his bid for relection, and thus tries to have the election invalidated. When that is unsuccessful, he starts a war and eventually ends up becoming dictator. Having lived under a Donald Trump presidency for the past three years where there is a sense that even the worst possible scenerios can actually occur, the show doesn't seem quite as crazy as it probably did during its initial run. In fact, its seems scarely timely. It is still a funny show, but the laughter is tempered by the fervent hope in the back of our minds that the plot remains just a fictional story and our reality doesn't get even crazier than it already is.

As in all MasterVoices shows, the performances were terrific all around.  The voices of  the MasterVoices chorale and Mikaela Bennett in the role of Mary Wintergreen in particular were quite beautiful. The aforementioned, Ms. Bennett took over the role from Denee Benton who appeared in the role in the original production of Of Thee I Sing.  Other than that most of the original cast guest remained intact with a few notable additions for roles that were not in the original show including Christopher Fitzgerald as Tweedledee and David Pittu as Kruger. All in all, the show provided a very engaging and amusing evening of theater, and hopefully, it's story will remain just that nothing more than an evening's entertainment.

And that's Mom's view. For more about upcoming MasterVoices performances, visit www.mastervoices.org.

Tune in tomorrow for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Photo credits: All Let'Em Eat Cakes production photos by Erin Baiano

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