December 10, 2005
Trio Mix Business and Pleasure
By Beverly Creasey
Sir Edward Elgar (of Pomp and Circumstance fame) said his
idea about music and life is that there is music in the air, music
all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as
you require. These days we require a lot to lift us out of the despair
born of war. We got a much welcome surfeit ---of music and joy---at Scullers
Jazz Club this past week. IN GOOD COMPANY reunited Bobbi Carrey and Will
McMillan (with Doug Hammer on piano) in a rollicking show about business:
big, small, good, bad and show.
Carrey and McMillan are a lovely match, both musically and theatrically.
Their cabaret performances always sparkle and surprise, together or by
themselves, he with delicious song choices and ingenious theme
shows and she with clever interpretations and dishy historical background.
Together theyre even more delightful than the sum of their parts.
Part of the electricity comes from their topsy-turvy, inspired harmony:
Hes often singing the high notes and shes doing the harmony.
She sounds a little like Judy Collins and hes got the vocal sweetness
of an Irish tenor. The balance is what makes it work---that and some dynamite
arrangements by Doug Hammer (Pennies From Heaven; Carousel; Its
a Lovely Day). They weave unlikely songs together, like Frank Loessers
How to Succeed in Business with Sondheims Everybody
Says Dont and they find inspiration in unlikely places. Their
Disney montage is hilarious, complete with choreography!
In short, IN GOOD COMPANY is funny and poignant but these folks are serious
about the company they keep. Theyre not afraid to take on the giants
of industry and take them to task, musically, that is. What Michael Moore
has done for documentary film, these folks do for cabaret. Who says you
cant have a good time while youre doing good. Not me. As Sondheim
says, they sure are good at Putting It Together. When they
get it together again, make it your business to be there.
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