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Adam Jacobs and Arielle Jacobs: Sibling Disobedience – Breaking the Rules on the Way to the Great White Way
Adam Jacobs and Arielle Jacobs: Sibling Disobedience: Breaking the Rules on the Way to the Great White Way
Bay Area Cabaret, Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, November 20, 2017
You can imagine how many evenings of family socials where these two very talented entertainers were asked to hold court. Years later, both are successful stage performers more than eager to share their gifts with large audiences. This well-crafted show exhibits the sibling’s strengths while comically riffing on their past rivalries and competitive natures. Case in point, the opening duet of Stephen Schwartz’s “What is this Feeling”, a graphic detail the mutual and “unadulterated loathing” between Galinda and Elphaba in Wicked. Its all in good fun which continued in solos of Adam singing “Man Up” from The Book of Mormon (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone) and Arielle’s “Mess” (Ryan Scott Oliver).
Their voices blend seamlessly in the duets, backed by the very talented Jim Abbott on the piano. “I Can See It” (Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones) from The Fantasticks is mashed up with “Something’s Coming” (Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein) from West Side Story, and the duo have fun with “Suddenly Seymour” from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors. A set highlight was an emotional version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George.
Adam is currently starring in Disney’s Aladdin, a musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name. He’s had roles in Les Miserables, Mamma Mia! and The Lion King. Arielle also appeared in Aladdin (Australia), as well as Wicked and In the Heights. Solos on Sarah Bareilles haunting “Gravity” (Arielle) and Adam’s cover of Brenda Russell’s “Get Here”, a huge hit for Oleta Adams illustrate their vocal skills.
The pair closed with a humorous medley of inappropriate sibling love songs including “Schwartz’s “As Long as You’re Mine” from Wicked, “A Heart Full of Love” (Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel) from Les Miz and “Can You Feel the Love” (Elton John). The couple uneasily sing to each other and complete the duets with a hearty handshake. Its all good fun presented by an amicable brother and sister team who radiate energy and charisma. Another excellent show in Bay Area Cabaret’s 2017-2018 season.