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Thursday, April 9, 2015

 Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb have a long-standing creative partnership – one of the longest on Broadway – and have birthed a number of cutting-edge musicals, including Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.  This collaboration, has also given way to some of the most unforgettable songs as well, and many of these songs are featured in the current offering at the Jungle Theater.
And The World Goes ‘Round opened last week at the Jungle and was quite different from what I was expecting.  Rather than being a show that told a particular story, it was an evening that celebrated the music of Kander and Ebb in a most enjoyable way.

The first act seemed to drag a little for me, but the second act was simply amazing.  While there were stand out numbers like Mr. Cellophane in the first act, it was the company’s renditions, of such standards as Cabaret, And All That Jazz, and the theme from New York, New York, that knocked the show out of the ballpark.  Several of the arrangements were give more of a jazz setting which gave the songs an even richer depth, resulting in a performance that was simply spectacular.
  I love this mural painted on the back of the Jungle Theater's building.
And The World Goes ‘Round is playing at the Jungle Theater through May 24, and I highly recommend that you see it, but get your tickets now, because this show is certain to sell out.
***Do you have a favorite Kander and Ebb musical?

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