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“Dirty Little Show Tunes” Returns Triumphantly to the New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Think of this bold Broadway parody revue as “Forbidden Broadway” on steroids or an X Rated version of Forbidden Broadway. “Dirty Little Show Tunes” is a fast pace bawdy hilarious revue that looks at gay life through a new collection of “Orrified” Broadway musical numbers. Tom Orr is the mastermind behind thismischievous Broadway parody revue since he put new and may I say special lyrics to these songs.
“Dirty Little Show Tunes” has five very talented singers besides Tom Orr performing this fast pace two hour song fest. The show is a team effort, punctuated by stand out solos and duets. Rotimi Agbabiaka, David Bicha, Darly Clark, Jesse Cortez, Randy Noak besides Tom Orr knock each song out of the park not only with great vocal cords but acting out sometimes the little wicked lyrics of the popular Broadway songs .
The ensemble numbers really take off from the opening number “I Love Men” which of course is a parody of Cole Porter’s “I Hate Men” from “Kiss Me Kate” and seguing into “Summer Love”, “People Will Say We’re in Love” from “Oklahoma” and “A Boy Like That/Somewhere” from “West Side Story” . The cast strongest vocalist Jessie Cortez stands out singing “One of the Girlie Boys” to the melody of “One of the Boys” from “Women of the Year” and pair of duets “A Perfect World” “A Whole New World” from Disney’s “Aladdin” with the charming David Bicha dressed in silk pajamas. David Bicha dressed a little like Noel Coward shines in the fantastic stereotype-ridden patter song “I am the Very Model of a Modern Homosexual” based on the Gilbert and Sullivan song “I am the Very Model of a Major General”
Tom Orr and Rotimi Agbablaka morph into two nuns sidesplittingly singing a impish version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” from “Sound of Music”. Tom Orr gives a sublime rendition of “Somewhat Over the Rainbow” from the Judy Garland song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. He zestfully camps it up in a duet with David Bicha in “Bossy Bottoms” to the melody of “Bosom Buddies” from “Mame”
There is a fun feud between the leather and drag subcultures in “The Leatherman and Drag Queen Should be Friends” from “Oklahoma’s “The Rancher and the Cowboys must be friends. Rotimi Agbablaka in drag brings down the house with his powerful voice singing “The Music and The Make Up” which of course is done to “The Music and The Mirror” from “A Chorus Line”. Randy Noak is crowd pleasing in special lyrics by Ore to “Kids” from “Bye Bye Birdie” and he is side splitting singing the X rates version of “My Favorite Things” from “Sound of Music”. Scrumbly Koldewyn musical director and piano accompanist gets into the act nicely singing “Stupid Silly Paranoid Theatric Superstitions” to the tone of “Supercalifragllistrcexplalidocious” from “Mary Poppins”
“Dirty Little Showtunes” runs through November 10 at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco. For tickets call 415-861-8972 or on line at www.nctcsf.org Coming up next is “My Beautiful Laundrette” opening on November 8th and running through December 22 and “Avenue Q” opening December 6 and running through January 12, 2014.