“Swing!” opened recently at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and it is one exhilarating show.
A celebration of the swing era, it features fantastic dance numbers, smoky singing and beautiful harmonies. The eight-piece orchestra sounds great and the production details are first rate.
It’s the kind of show where you sit back, relax and let the show wash over you.
Director and choreographer Amy Marie McCleary pays close attention to all the details of the show, creating a powerful sense of the swing era of the 1930s and 40s.
The costumes, by John P. White, are perfect. Luxurious and sophisticated, they allow the dancers to mix it up and move while looking very much of the era.
These high production values make the talented singers and dancers even more fun to watch.
There is no plot line or story to this show. The show is loosely framed around a period nightclub, but that is as defined as it gets.
The dancing is amazing at times and always lively and energetic.
McCleary has chosen her dancers well. In “Kitchen Mechanic’s Night Out,” Gabriella Tooma and Thaddeus Piett ooze chemistry along with some dazzling footwork.
Kiersten Benzing and Kerry Lambert have fun with “Dancers in Love,” and Svetlana Khoruzhina does a sexy job trying to seduce bassist Dave Warfel in “Harlem Nocturne.”
The dancing is highly athletic and fun. At one point, I gasped at a move.
The singers are terrific too.
The very elegant Matravius Avent is sort of the general manager of the club and Allison Fund plays a woman, looking for a waitress job who comes into her own under his influence.
Brad Baker and Jennifer Elizabeth Smith have a running scene of going out on dates, scat singing with each other and getting into tiffs before making up.
The interplay between the couples is fun.
The connective tissues in this show are not obvious, but they are there. By the end of the evening, I felt like a knew everyone on stage just a little.
What I loved most, besides the great swing dancing and the great songs, was being able to solidly go back to a glamorous era and forget the troubles of the day.
- Lancaster Online
Director and choreographer, Amy Marie McCleary has done a wonderful job of making each of the 27 numbers distinct, engaging, and vibrant.
- Rich Merenberg, Broadway World