Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Come Fly Away National Tour at the Kennedy Center

Isn't it refreshing sometimes to sit down in a theater and simply have an enjoyable evening?  No deep issues to ponder, just a great performance filled with breathtaking choreography and the vocal stylings of The Chairman of The Board. The national tour of Come Fly Away, conceived and choreographed by the legendary Twyla Tharp spent a crowd-pleasing two weeks in the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  A slight confection of a show, clocking in at a just right eighty minutes without an intermission, Come Fly Away is an entertaining evening filled with lithe dancing, Frank Sinatra's vocals and punctuated with a live band under the capable hands of musical director Rob Cookman.

It is easy to see why this show plays well in Las Vegas and on tour.  The scenario of four couples and an ensemble of six dancers meet in a nightclub and engage in various forms of the mating dance,simple plot and pure fun.  Twyla Tharp's choreography tests the abilities of her dancers whether in a sensual pas de deux or with heart stopping athleticism.  All of the dancers are at the top of their game, embracing their characters and producing bravura dancing at its finest. Some of the roles are doubled due to the high energy nature of the show and the dancers at the performance I attended, Ramona Kelley, Christopher Vo, Stephen Hanna, Marceea Moreno, Ioana Alfonso, Chenon Wespi-Tscopp, Matthew Stockwell Dibble, and Meredith Miles gave excellent performances.

The national tour of Come Fly Away was performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from April 18-29, 2012.   For information on future performances please visit www.comeflyaway.com.

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