Show Choir: The Musical
BOTTOM LINE: Show Choir is a fun and pazzaz-y musical with a huge cast of talented performers. It travels over some familiar territory (thanks to a certain TV show), but still manages to please.Show Choir! The Musical, in a limited run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, is a playful look at a glee club gone wrong. Framed as a television news expose, Show Choir chronicles the rise and fall of a driven high school choir director, Jake Jonathan, who has a penchant for pas de bourres and a passion for the spotlight, as he leads his cadre of singing, dancing proteges out of high school and into the national arena. He is flanked on one side by his talented but mousy music director and a soulful jazz music college mentor on the other. These two act as Jonathan’s conscience, but they cannot curtail his bloodthirst for fame and fortune, as he lives vicariously through his teeny-bopper troupe, the Symphonic Sensations. The kids succumb inevitably to drugs, sex and papparazzi while friendships and careers go awry for the adults. Luckily, it all turns out for the best in the end, as the cheerful and wholesome spirit of show choir prevails.
(Show Choir! The Musical, plays as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival at ATA Chrenuchin Theatre, 314 West 54th Street. Remaining show is October 11th at 5pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at nymf.org. For more information visit nyfm.org or call 212.664.0979.)