SUBMISSION DATE: JULY 28, 2000
Oh, those class-conscious Brits. Can a cock-sure cockney actually take his place as the lost, rightful heir to the Hareford fortune? And will American audiences care? “Me and My Girl” was a London musical hit in 1937 (music by Noel Gay; lyrics by Douglas Furber), but it didn’t make a significant transatlantic crossing until 1986, when the book was revised by the ever-humorous Stephen Fry, and the show became the unexpected hit of the Broadway season. Now, after successful road tours and regional theater stops, the updated “Me and My Girl” has made its way to Mt. Helix
It’s a totally mindless, frothy, tuneful delight. Except for some pokey pacing (especially during scene-changes), the show moves along briskly; the cast is spunky, huge and vocally talented. Best of all is the star at the center, an attorney who should fight in court for more local onstage exposure: Jason Schauer looks like the young, elfin Joel Gray. He is boyish, natural, supremely funny, and both vocally and physically nimble. His physical comedy is an absolute hoot, and though the supporting cast is good, this is his show. With a star-turn center stage, and a few good songs (notably, the spirited act one closer, “The Lambeth Walk”), not to mention the drop-dead view from the top of the mountain, this one’s a mid-summer night’s dream.
Where: Christian Community Theatre atop Mt. Helix
When: through August 5; Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm
How much: $11-27
Contact number: 619-588-0206 or 800-696-1929
©2000 Patté Productions Inc.