Friday, February 13, 2004
Love Gives Fans an Embrace
By Aiden Fitzgerald
A love song is just a caress set to music, said composer and
lyricist Sigmund Romberg. In If I Loved You, a show of romantic
musical numbers Wednesday night at Scullers, local singers Bobbi Carrey
and Will McMillan showed a tender and persuasive touch.
The sold-out show explored loves ubiquity - from passionate affairs
to parental and familial love, to the relationship between ex-spouses,
and even between owners and their pets.
Songs ranged from standards by Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Hollander
and Irving Berlin to contemporary tunes by Steve Sweeting and Jonathan
Carrey and McMillans vivaciousness, perfect diction and seamless
vocals captivated the mostly over-40 crowd. Sentimental but not at all
schmaltzy, If I Loved You transported listeners into a daydream,
blurring the lines between romance, wit and melancholy.
Highlights of the show included a duet of Peggy Lees sizzling Fever,
prompting slow, rhythmic finger-snapping from the crowd.
Heavier songs, such as Carreys rendition of Amanda McBrooms
The Portrait, a heartbreaking song about a woman longing for
her mother, ended with the audiences sigh of release.
Also poignant was McMillans beautiful version of Catch Me,
a dark and desperate song about the will to survive love gone wrong.
In between songs, Carrey and McMillan lightened the mood with humorous
anecdotes about relationships and sex, reading from spam e-mails offering
extra help in the romance department and relevant quotes from
Plato, Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein.
By the end of the shows final, title song by Rodgers and Hammerstein,
audience members were wiping tears and clapping madly.
Now thats amore.
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