PUTTING IT TOGETHER

SOUTH COAST REPERTORY

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM

SOUTH COAST REPERTORY

 

 

Putting It Together' is nicely put together
SCR finally scores a musical success with a Sondheim revue.

The secret to its success? Simple: get the right performers, director and musical team for the job and everything pulls into place. This staging employs a combination of impressive talent that's new to SCR.  Besides the solid casting, the key to this production is DeGruccio. SCR wisely hired a director with a musical-theater specialty and a solid track record. His experience shows in group numbers: the blocking seems effortless and natural as songs morph from solo interludes to group choruses. 

 - PAUL HODGINS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

 

...director Nick DeGruccio's facility for choreographed staging and his innate sense of theater help these actors elevate the work from clichéd to memorable. 

Singers can often deliver music in a pleasant manner, but it takes fine direction and acting chops to elicit an emotional response from the audience. This show succeeds in all areas. - BackStage West, Critic’s Pick

One thing DeGruccio gets right, aided by musical director Dennis Castellano and his out-of-sight fellow musicians, is the way the music bubbles up in the penthouse with dramatic credibility, never overpowering the scene. The effect can be heartbreaking...  

- Charles McNulty, LA Times

The Colony Theatre Company

LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

"Imaginatively staged.  The show is a must see for Sondheim fans and a delightful primer for novices - LA Weekly

 

"A resounding bravo!  The cast, direction and particularly the simple sophistication of the work’s structure all create an evening of pure Sondheim gold" - BackStage West

 

“LA theatre has an emerging resident wunderkind in DeGruccio." - Entertainment Today

 

"Ingeniously devised …and brilliantly directed.”  - Frontiers  

 

“...pure theatrical gold. This class act could run from here to eternity." - BackStage West Critic's Choice Les Spindle

THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY

JANUARY 27, 1977

LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

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