It was all the more impressive because I went in, not exactly with a bad attitude (here in LA, I rarely turn my nose up at a chance for a good musical), but slightly grumpy and disappointed that Reprise hadn’t picked a more unusual, less revived show. And I was wowed. The cast was top notch, too. I had only seen Lise O’Hare in Reprise’s GIGI; her Sally was tough, startling, and opportunistic. Bruce Ryness’ Emcee managed to distance himself from Grey and Cumming. Tall and angular, he looked like those creepy George Grozs caricatures (and the resemblance was heightened by the set designer hanging two of those on either side of the stage). His “I Don’t Care Much” was chilling. And then we got one of my favorite actors, Robert Picardo as a touching Herr Schulz, and Mary Gordon Murray as Frau Schneider, with equal measures of guts and heart. I wish they got to do “Meeskite,” because their numbers were highlights among many.
Oh, yeah, and Fraulein Kost was played by some woman named Katrina Lenk. :)
We were Reprise subscribers from the start, and this was maybe my second favorite shows of all they did. First place goes to 1776 with Roger Rees, though I know my feelings there are affected by it being just after 9/11. It was a theatre so full of love that night.
Laura, who suddenly realizes that while there are still shows she has never seen, stuck in LA, she has seen GIGI twice