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Title Nice Work If You Can Get It
Organization Rocklin Community Theatre
Date(s) of show July 10-26, 2015
Reviewer Letha Dawson
Review Nice Work if You Can Get It comes packed with high-spirited, gaudy, speak-easy era (1920s) songs and dance. The opening chorus bursts on the stage and dazzles with George and Ira Gershwin’s stylish and urbane music and lyrics. Chorus girls from the Jazz Age open the show at a relentless pace, tapping, high-kicking, and filling the house with raucous rhythm. Emily Botnen as a beautiful boot-legging criminal is hilarious at turns as she attempts to attract her man, Bronson Vanderjack, by acting womanly with gymnastic skill. Emily is also wistful and warm when she sings “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Bronson Vanderjack struts on stage, a natural rich playboy with a few too many women wanting to marry him. Bronson and Emily sing and dance together in fast-paced numbers with flare and precision. Their rendition of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” in which one says “tomato,” and one says “tomaato,” captures young love as it develops. The number which showcases the talented Bronson, Carson Sloan and Company is “Fascinating Rhythm.” They sing and dance this fast-paced number with delightful precision.

Carson Sloan as Cookie, aka, the butler, is a riot. And his Brooklyn accent “ain’t bad neither.” Carson is fun to watch, to listen to, and side-splitting when he reveals his true feelings.

The orchestra, led by Peter Kagstrom, vocal and music director, performs George Gershwin’s music with irresistible, infectious vitality. The dance numbers, thanks to the talent of choreographer, Cassie March, magically enlarge the stage to grand music-hall scale. Nice Work If You Can Get It is an exuberant gem.

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