Opening night of previews, is my favorite time to
first see a Broadway show. The bugs are still undiscovered and this provides an
element of surprise for both the performers, and the audience. The cast
provided high energy to a story based on a movie, but had elements of
The acting was superb, with Steven Lynchs'
Robbie being an original- not just an Adam Sandler copy. Laura Benantis' Julia,
had the kindness and sweetness- with a dose of humanity, that the role calls
for. Matthew Saldivar and Kevin Cahoon, where an absolute hoot as the other
band members. Playing a devoted Michael Jackson fan, and a wanna-be Boy George,
they complemented Robbies' originality Amy Spanger played Holly, Julias' friend
and co-worker. Holly was part spitfire, part tramp, and all heart.
The only trouble I had was with Richard H. Blakes' Glen- Julias' fiance. Mr
Blake is a wonderful actor and singer, I just found his dancing lacked any real
fire or energy. I guess he just needed more 'Red Bull'.
The wonderful sets and costumes full of color and moving shapes, fit perfectly
in the 1980's timeframe. I had one slight problem with the story flowing
smoothly, and I hope both the director- John Rando, and/or the writer- Tim
Herlihy will remedy this situation. One moment Robbie is buying his ticket to
Las Vegas, and in the next he meets Billy Idol-sort of. I think a line or two
is needed in order to smooth out the transition and remedy the 'flow'.
I LOVED the show greatly, and hope you've enjoyed my personal review of the
show, since theater- and musical- enjoyment is a very subjective thing.