Respect: The Girl Em-Powered Musical

Tuluca Times
July 30, 2008

NORTH HOLLYWOOD- There’s an entertaining and retrospective musical party in town, celebrating the journey and progress of women throughout the years. We’ve come a long way, ladies! … Four attractive and talented gals factually and musically take us through the 20th century, from “co-dependence to independence,”through lively dialogue, dance, and excerpts of over 60 interwoven beloved American hit songs. Following the successful 19-month run here of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,”(which opens off-Broadway in September) this is the perfect venue for this infectiously likeable, “feel good”show with a positive message. (And by the way, the men in the audience seemed to be enjoying it as much as we were!)

Researched and written by Vanderbilt Professor and noted popular music authority, Dorothy Marcic, with relatable humor and a lot of spunk, we had a good ole’ time! This popular show has been seen and revered in over a dozen U.S. cities and in Australia, South Africa, England, Holland and Israel. Her clever use of pertinent and hilarious film clips, historically chronicling the experiences of famous ladies and well-known couples, was a crowd-pleasing stroke of genius!

The quartet of dazzling damsels all boast impressive bios, perky personalities, and awesome singing voices. Accompanied on piano beautifully by Jim Vukovich, (Musical Director) the girls are effective individually, as well as in the ensemble effort. É their harmonies were heavenly! Susan Carr George is delightful in the role of moderator, linking the songs and stories. Alet Taylor, NRaca, and Jackie Seiden (my personal “fave”) trade off solo songs and scenes, and the four together spell “Girl Power!”Lee Martino’s choreography, Ivy Thaide’s brightly quirky costumes, Victoria Profitts’s colorfully minimal set, and Edwin Pleitez’s lighting, add much to the overall fun! From “Some To Watch Over Me”to “I Will Survive,”the personal growth of “Le Femme”is honored with gusto! From the age-old viewpoint of “Stand By Your Man,”to a modern-day attitude of “Catch Me If You Can,”there’s a loud and clear message here. Gather up some friends and book seats soon. This is a rollicking party, and you’re invited! Running through Aug. 31st at The El Portal Forum Theatre – 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.