When: Mondays, Tuesdays. Continues through April 28 2013

What: Celebrate the American musical greats — brothers George and Ira Gershwin. The show has five mini-musicals with stories that bring to life tunes that have become standards. The first is set in 1916 New York City, then Paris in the '30s, Hollywood in the '40s, New Orleans in the '50s and today. Performance highlights include “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Shall We Dance,” “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” The Tampa cast stars Andrew Mauney, Kristina Huegal, Christopher Timson, Laurie Sutton, Tia Jemison and Griffeth Whitehurst. Tripp Hampton directs, with musical direction by Michael Sebastien.

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Boring, boring, boring! Totally agree with previous poster: totally amateurish, overly silly and below par voices. Why does the Straz put on 3rd-rate shows in the Jaeb Theatre? Is it because they want to stuff the subscription calendar with cheap shows to make it look like a worthwhile season??

Posted by Unhappy Straz Subscriber on 04/20/2013 at 9:04 PM
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Walked out at intermission from a tribute that quickly became a farce. Few of the actors' voices are serving the songs themselves instead of misguided notions of the songs, the set and staging look cheap, and the dancing left much to be desired. The "American in Paris" ballet barely had dancing so much as even shorter vignettes.

The actors weren't allowed to sing big when the songs demand it and are forced to mug to jokes. They attempted the humor of the time without buying into it enough to make someone laugh.

My theater companions and I ended up comparing it to high school productions. We met others outside the lobby who were also walking out.

Not wonderful. Not marvelous. Didn't care for it.

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Posted by LocalSubscriber on 02/13/2013 at 10:40 AM
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