The AndyGram

Thursday, Dec 18th

You are here: Home Theatre Reviews & Features 2009-10 Reviews Broadway Review: EVERYDAY RAPTURE
Saturday, 15 May 2010 13:40

Broadway Review: EVERYDAY RAPTURE

Written by 
Sherie Rene Scott in EVERYDAY RAPTURE
Sherie Rene Scott in Everyday Rapture
The dictionary defines rapture as "the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence." Sherie Rene Scott's Everyday Rapture is rapturous indeed. What a joyous and delightful way for the 2009-10 season to end.

We have Megan Mullally to thank for Ms. Scott's presence on Broadway. Ms. Mullally quit the production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart leaving the Roundabout with a slot to fill. Everyday Rapture had a successful run at Second Stage in May of last year, extending twice and being nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards. The very funny book by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott is quasi-autobiographical, based on Ms. Scott's trajectory from Mennonite fag hag to Broadway semi-star (fag hag).

Michael Mayer, who also directed this season's American Idiot, directs this one woman (and two back-up singers and one very gay teenage boy) show with a light hand and helps give it its comedic edge. Tom Kitt, a recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Next to Normal, did the terrific orchestrations. The small ensemble was just the perfect size for Ms. Scott and her two "Mennonettes."

Scott is conflicted by her love for both Judy Garland and Jesus, whom she refers to as her "other absolute, all-time favorite." This results in an hilarious segment with Scott as Judy Garland singing "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," "Get Happy" and "You Made Me Love You," with Jesus replacing Clark Gable in the latter. A montage of familiar and some not so familiar drawings and paintings of Jesus plays on a screen overhead. (Thank goodness she wasn't raised a Muslim.)

Lindsay Mendez, Sherie Rene Scott and Betsy Wolfe in EVERYDAY RAPTURE
Lindsay Mendez, Sherie Rene Scott and Betsy Wolfe in Everyday Rapture
While growing up Ms. Scott's family tried every church in town (117,893 by her count). Apparently even ending up at the church run by the infamous Fred Phelps and his family church, the Westboro Baptist Church (no relationship to mainline Baptists) known for picketing the funerals of soldiers. He whips up attention to his cause by railing against "sodomites." Ms. Scott says "I wasn’t really sure what a sodomite was, but obviously it had something to do with show business."

Around this same time Scott found everyone's neighbor Fred Rodgers, who as it happens is also an ordained minister. She refers to Fred Phelps and Mr. Rodgers as her two Rev. Freds. Thankfully Fred Phelps is exposed for what he truly is, a nasty, mean, unchristian monster who has bred an entire family of hate-mongers.
Along the way Scott finds a young man on the internet who lip-syncs to her songs on camera. Eamon Foley is outrageous as this spirited young man in search of an audience. Mr. Foley contorts his face into the most curious and funny positions. The sequence of emails back and forth between Scott and this young man are hilarious but could be one or two verses shorter.

Scott doesn't dance in Everyday Rapture so much as bounce through Michele Lynch's choreography. It almost seems perfect on the tinker-toy/outer space inspired stage designed by Christine Jones with a skittles-colored lighting pallet by Kevin Adams. Both Jones and Adams worked with Mayer on American Idiot.

Despite the modesty demanded by her half-Mennonite self, Scott learns that she can have both humility and greatness as Broadway's "biggest, brightest semi-stars!" I loved this show, thanks Megan!

{sharethis}

Last modified on Friday, 18 June 2010 11:37

Now Playing On Broadway

More... A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder    

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

When Monty Navarro, a disinherited relative of the rich and powerful D’Ysquith clan, learns he’s ninth in line to inherit the earldom, he sets out to secure his future by,…

More...
More... Lion King    

Lion King

Julie Taymor's acclaimed staging of the Disney animated film has been hailed as a Broadway landmark. The story focuses on a young lion cub's personal journey toward his destiny as…

More...
More... Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein's    

Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein's

Rodgers & Hammerstein classic television production premieres on Broadway this spring.  It adds songs from the duo's catalog and adds a new twist to an old tale! Songs include “In…

More...
More... Pippin    

Pippin

Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.”  The original production of PIPPIN,…

More...
More... Matilda The Musical    

Matilda The Musical

MATILDA is the story of an extraordinary little girl who decides that despite a bad beginning filled with rotten parents, a terrifying school and a vicious head mistress, her story is…

More...
More... Book of Mormon, The    

Book of Mormon, The

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda. Their tale is told alongside the…

More...
More... Wicked    

Wicked

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of anunlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as Sorcery Students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood…

More...
More... Country House, The    

Country House, The

Inspired by Chekhov's pastoral comedies, this witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each…

More...
More... Beautiful - The Carole King Musical    

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom from being part of a chart-topping songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with…

More...
More... Chicago    

Chicago

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out…

More...
More... Kinky Boots    

Kinky Boots

Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie…

More...
More... Once    

Once

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician (Guy) and a Czech immigrant (Girl) are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week,…

More...
More... Motown: The Musical    

Motown: The Musical

Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy's…

More...
More... Cabaret    

Cabaret

Based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories, the musical is the story of Cliff, an American writer who comes to Berlin at the dawn of the Hitler era. He falls…

More...
More... Mamma Mia!    

Mamma Mia!

The infectious music of ABBA provides the framework for a romp through the preparations of an unusual wedding.

More...
More... Jersey Boys    

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, and meet four…

More...
More... Phantom of the Opera, The    

Phantom of the Opera, The

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and is now the longest-running show in Broadway history.

More...
More... Realistic Joneses, The    

Realistic Joneses, The

What do you really know about your neighbors? Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei invite you to find out. Hailed by the New York Times as…

More...
More... Rock of Ages (at Helen Hayes)    

Rock of Ages (at Helen Hayes)

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker, and in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the…

More...
More... Bullets Over Broadway    

Bullets Over Broadway

Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring young playwright (Zach Braff) newly arrived on Broadway in 1920’s New York who is forced to cast a mobster's (Vincent Pastore)…

More...
More... If / Then    

If / Then

On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves back to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start - new home, new friends, and hopes…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2012 JoomlaWorks Ltd.