by Nicki Whedon
I don’t know if you were there or if you let it fly by you, but SWING swung at the Maryland Theatre December 3, 2002 at 8 p.m. There was dancing, singing, jumping and throwing, all being done without a second breath. From the opening act to the closing this musical was a non-stop array of fun.
Clarolyn Maier belted out songs such as “Bounce Me Brother,” originally done by Donray And Hughie Prince, and “Blues in the Night,” originally performed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, but she floored the audience with her rendition of “I’ll be Seeing You,” originally performed by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal. This lady of song’s voice was an over whelming joy of notes that made you want for more. If anyone would like to know more about this songbird you can visit her website www.clar.biz or CDStreet.com.
Chase Steel Greye - what can I say, he sings, he dances, and he smiles doing them both. This gentleman’s stage presence was overwhelming. When he strolled onto the stage he made it known with his beautiful voice and his dance moves. Watching him dance and sing to “Throw that Girl Around,” originally performed by Everett Bradley, Ilene Ried and Michael Heitzman, to “GI Jive” originally performed by Johnny Mercer, gliding across the stage with comedic flair, you didn’t know what he was going to do next. Mr. Greye can definitely put on a show. We will be seeing more of him in the future.
Then presenting Ms. “Hit Me with a High Note and Watch Me Bounce,” Ashley Hunt, welcome into swing. This songbird wiggled and giggled with such flair and confidence it was hard to believe that she was in front a crowd. Her performance singing “Cry Me a River,” with trombonist Mark Miller, originally performed by Arthur Hamilton, was wonderful. They made you laugh and want for more. Her sultry stage presence and comedic style will have this lady going places.
Mr. Michael P Gough - It don’t mean a thing. He definitely had that Swing. This gentleman opened the show with the Band with a do wop! He created the atmosphere of the show and kept going. He taught Ms. Ashley a lesson or two in swing when they performed “Hit Me With A High Note And Watch Me Bounce,” originally performed by Duke Ellington and Don George. To hear his voice was like listening to your favorite song that you just cannot get enough of. This young man is on his way so we better keep our eyes open for more.
The dancers in this production were on point. They danced with such ease and profession that when a dancer was thrown into the air she looked as if she would never come down. There were so many different dance numbers - swing, ballet, tap and country swing - that everyone was able to enjoy show. This wondrous array of dancing made for a great time.
The band blew off the roof; the crowd could not get enough. It was like being at the Savoy Dance Club Harlem. The drummer drummed, the trumpet played, the bass boomed and stage moved with the glorious sound of swing. Bravo to the directors, choreographers, musicians, singers, dancers, and crew for a job well done. If you are ever in the mood for rhythm and a skylark happens by with information of GI Jive, don’t just sit under the apple tree, get out and boogie woogie with the bugle boy and SWING!!!