Insight’s “And The World Goes ‘Round” Brings Us Great Singers Singing Great Songs

The cast of “And The World Goes ‘Round” at Insight Theatre Company.

Director Edward Coffield and company had a few problems, evidently, getting this show on stage as one of the actor/singers left the cast and there were a couple of obvious holes in the “script” as a result. But wow, what a night as these folks put on a revue of Kander and Ebb music, “And The World Goes ‘Round,” that shows what  depth these guys had beyond their obvious hits.

Most of the cast has been entertaining us at Insight or around town at various theatres but they gel perfectly together in this ensemble. Katy Tibbets returns after her triumph last season in “She Loves Me” and dazzles us with stunning solos such as “Colored Lights” from “The Rink” to duets and work with the entire company. Clear, crisp and emotional, she really delivers the message behind the music. For pure fun, you can’t beat the opening of the second act, “Ring Them Bells,” as performed by the belting voice of Johanna Elkana Hale. She also gets to bring us the opening title number of the show as we’re introduced to the cast in semi-silhouette.

Charlie Ingram (with Katy Tibbets in the background) extols the virtues of Sara Lee at Insight Theatre’s “And The World Goes ‘Round.”

Rounding out the ladies of the ensemble is Stephanie Long who shakes and stirs with the specialty number from “The Act,” “Arthur In The Afternoon.” She also has a magnificent turn with Johanna in the Kander and Ebb classic from “Chicago,” “Class” with a slight change of venue that works like a charm. Charlie Ingram gets us in a hungry mood with their great specialty number, “Sara Lee” and then gives a great rendition of “Marry Me”- again from “The Rink” in a wonderful Act II moment when all three couples pair up for love songs (some unrequited, some reuniting and some just falling in love). It’s a powerful vignette.

Peter Merideth shines as well including his overwhelming duet with Martin Fox as they bring two wonderful songs together, “Sometimes A Day Goes By” from “Woman Of The Year” and “I Don’t Remember You” from one of my favorite “lost” Kander and Ebb shows, “The Happy Time.” Martin Fox then gets to bring down the house with a delightful new take of one of their best known numbers and shows, “Cabaret.” With this talented cast of singers, there should be a few more folks putting on musicals out there in St. Louis theatre-land. With the one cast member dropping out, Mr. Coffield has inserted choreographer Emily Fisher into a couple of numbers and she does quite well, but obviously a bit nervous with the probable lack of rehearsal time. She does, however, bring us dynamite choreography from bumps and grinds to razzle-dazzle and great ensemble dancing.

The cast of Insight Theatre Company kick up the Kander and Ebb a notch during the revue of their music in “And The World Goes ‘Round.”

Stephen Neale is truly outstanding as the show’s musical director and even gets to do a little warbling himself throughout the evening. The simple, effective set design is by Seth Jackson and he has also done wonders with the lighting design providing a very cabaret feel to the revue. And director Edward Coffield has given us vivid stage pictures with every move these delightful actor/singers make. With powerful songs from their most popular shows, specialty songs and music that we don’t get to hear that often from some of their lesser known shows like “The Happy Time,” “The Rink,” “70, Girls, 70,” “Woman Of The Year,” “Kiss Of The Spider Woman” and “The Act,” “And The World Goes ‘Round” shows us how prolific these guys were.

You don’t want to let this one get by you. It only runs through June 24th, so give them a call at Insight Theatre at 314-556-1293 for tickets or more information.

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