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“Diamond Anniversary Revue” celebrates the past and brings live theater back to Forestburgh Playhouse

Live Theater Back at Forestburgh!

Margaret Bruetsch
Posted 7/9/21

Shakespeare once called music the food of love, and if music is the food of love, then musical theater, in this reviewer’s opinion, is a feast of life. Forestburgh Playhouse kicked off its 75th …

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“Diamond Anniversary Revue” celebrates the past and brings live theater back to Forestburgh Playhouse

Live Theater Back at Forestburgh!

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Shakespeare once called music the food of love, and if music is the food of love, then musical theater, in this reviewer’s opinion, is a feast of life. Forestburgh Playhouse kicked off its 75th Anniversary season with its Diamond Revue with a clear message: live theater is back! The 2021 resident company performed 31 songs from 25 different shows to highlight the history and dedication that has made Forestburgh Playhouse a true gem in our County. It celebrated the wide array of people that make up a theater company to put on just one show. Directed and choreographed by the wonderfully talented Chaz Wolcott the revue gave the audience a chance to step back in time, and enjoy a rewind of the past 75 years. From brilliant dance numbers including “All That Jazz” from Chicago, “Our Favorite Son” from Will Rogers Follies, “Moses Supposes” from Singing in the Rain and “Cool” from West Side Story to powerhouse vocals in “Cabaret” from Cabaret and fantastic harmonies in “Heart” from Damn Yankees, the resident company brought their all to every number. This year the Forestburgh Playhouse has a resident company made up of true firecrackers. Those appearing in the Revue included John Zamborsky, Liat Shuflita, Collin Hancock, Anthony DaSilva, Sydney Jaye, Andrew Faria, Logan Gray Saad, Susana Wickstrom, Crystal Renée Wright, Renell Taylor, Elise Shangold and Ethan Van Slyke. The showstopper for this reviewer was the whole resident company singing “Seasons of Love” from Rent. The past year has been exceedingly difficult for so many, and it has highlighted the truth that so much can change in a year. There can be one empty place at the dinner table that wasn’t there the year before. Life can be turned completely upside down. And through it all you just keep living and keep loving. I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the house. The show will continue to run at Forestburgh Playhouse on the main stage through Sunday, July 11th. Cheers on your 75th anniversary, here’s to 75 more!

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