Kill All the Critics!

Thumbs up or toes up for reviewers at Pegasus; big voices in Broadway Our Way

Natalie Wilson King offers a beautiful version of "When I First Saw You" from Dreamgirls (sung in the movie by Jamie Foxx). Patty Breckenridge sings the hell out of "Being Alive," Bobby's final number from Stephen Sondheim's Company.

When it's the men's turn, it can get a little randy, which Uptown audiences love. In tiny gym towels, Cedric Neal, John de los Santos and Chad Peterson undulate their cute little bods around The Pajama Game's "Steam Heat." Special guest B.J. Cleveland works up some sweat bleating "Diva's Lament" from Spamalot. Peterson comes back to wax romantic about "Taylor the Latte Boy," a song from Adventures in Love made famous in umpteen late-night renditions by Kristin Chenoweth. Gary Floyd, another Uptown favorite, lends his smooth and sexy voice to "Hold On" from The Secret Garden. Doug Miller hosts the early part of the show as his oily, over-tanned beauty contest emcee character from Pageant, then makes his solo, "My Brother Lived in San Francisco" (Angels, Punks and Raging Queens), the emotional high point of the evening.

Also in the cast: M. Denise Lee, Linda Leonard, Courtney Franklin, Lisa Gabrielle-Greene, Cameron McElyea, Tony Martin, Arianna Movassagh, Cara Statham Serber, Sara Shelby-Martin and Andi Allen (who also wrote and directed the show, with only four rehearsals before opening). In Dirty Rotten Divas, there's dancing, comedy (thanks to a side-splitting take on the "When You Got It, Flaunt It" number from The Producers) and every great big voice in Dallas musical theater on one stage. If you miss it, it's a dirty, rotten shame.

Kurt Kleinmann's A Critical Case of Murder! promises more than it delivers.
Arlen Kennedy
Kurt Kleinmann's A Critical Case of Murder! promises more than it delivers.

Details

A Critical Case of Murder! continues through January 28 at the Eisemann Center, Richardson, 972-744-4650.

Broadway Our Way: Dirty Rotten Divas continues through January 14 at the Trinity River Arts Center, 214-219-2718.

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