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Capra Cadabra!: "It’s a Wonderful Life" Becomes a Stage Musical at Quad City Music Guild
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2006-11-22 08:44:57

Harold Truitt and Mike Millar"The cast hates me," says local performer Andy Davis during a recent rehearsal break. "Our first cast meeting, they were introducing us all and I said, ‘Yeah, I'm playing Potter ... ,' and everybody booed."

So why is Davis so happy about it?

Probably because the Potter he's playing is the hateful, wheelchair-bound Henry Potter of Bedford Falls, and the show he's rehearsing for is the Quad City Music Guild's production of It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical. Considering people's familiarity with - and love for - the Frank Capra classic of 1946, Davis should only have worried if he didn't get booed.


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Yankee Doodle Not-So-Dandy: "George M!," at the Prospect Park Auditorium through July 16
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2006-07-12 04:37:14

George M! As the title character in the Quad City Music Guild's presentation of George M!, Kevin Pieper works his tail off. His Broadway impresario George Cohan belts out number after number, he tap dances, he storms through scenes with natural authority; in this musical-comedy biography, the role of Cohan is practically a show unto himself, and the energy that Pieper gives the part is admirable.

More often than not, though, it's energy in a void, because with precious few exceptions, the George M! ensemble isn't giving anything back. At any given time, there are up to 44 performers sharing the stage with Pieper, yet it takes little more than one hand to count the number of them who look pleased to be there. Thursday's preview performance, at least, showed Pieper having to work both the audience and the cast, and that's more responsibility than any single performer should be burdened with.


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A Brand-New Take on a Familiar "Carol"
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Feature Stories

2005-11-30 00:00:00
When you hear director Kevin Pieper describe the Quad City Music Guild’s production of A Christmas Carol as “a new show to the area,” it’s easy to be skeptical. Haven’t we already seen this holiday chestnut – and in this area, no less – more times than we can count? (Hell, I’ve been in it twice since 1994.)
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Quad City Music Guild's "Sugar": Not Quite Wild(er) Enough
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2005-06-15 00:00:00
If you’ve seen Some Like It Hot, nothing that happens in the Quad City Music Guild’s Sugar will come as a surprise; this 1973 musical-comedy is almost slavishly faithful to the 1959 Billy Wilder film that inspired it. But it does feature a curlicue that makes me giggle: the tap-dancing gangsters.
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Don’t Miss "Kiss": Quad City Music Guild's "Kiss Me, Kate"
Written By: Administrator
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2003-07-16 00:00:00
Quad City Music Guild’s Kiss Me, Kate boasts an ensemble of twenty-some gifted performers, including a tap-dancer whose photograph belongs alongside the likes of Gene Kelly, and singers that demonstrate excellent unity in rhythm. The musical is an entertaining, humorous, colorful, and energizing romp through the onstage and back-stage lives of performers in a Shakespearean play, and this production shouldn’t be missed.
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