By Shoshana Medney
The Scarlet Pimpernel leapt off the stage at Lincoln Center Monday night. Tony Yazbeck (Percy Blakeney) stole the show as the leading man. Starting from a walk down the aisle with an usher to “find his seat,” he set the standard for the interactive nature of the show. Throughout the night Yazbeck, and the rest of the cast, would break the fourth wall with one of the highlights being a dance-off with Norm Lewis (Chauvelin).
Laura Osnes (Marguerite) showcases her soothing vocals as well as her French accent. She embodied her character and left the audience wanting to hear more.
Osnes and Corey Cott (Armand) were a strong sibling pair and you could feel the energy between them.
If you’ve seen Once on This Island, you would expect nothing less than to have your eyes glued to Alex Newell (Farleigh/Ensemble). His mannerisms and glances towards the audience earned numerous applauses.
Music director Jason Howland entered the stage with a sword and teased the crowd with using it as a baton, before placing it on stage to be used during the performance.
The students behind the orchestra not only sang their hearts out, but also took part throughout the night interacting with the actors.
The one night only production was joyful, well-executed and worth the price of admission.
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