Closer than Ever

Closer Than Ever is a revue musical wherein each song takes us to a different scenario within the complex theme of love and relationships. From a three-way story of unconventional and unrequited love to a quiet office worker who harbours a secret passion for passion, this show covers a wide range of all the many ways that life and love can create some funny and touching moments.

This was well performed, overall, by this young cast.

The ensemble singing that opens the show was an early highlight, with a real balance and understanding of how to blend voices. The sopranos managed to be heard without cutting through the rest and there was a great amount of facial intensity and energy across the cast. This dipped a little throughout the next couple of numbers but was picked up quite spectacularly by Kaycie Goral's rendition of The Bear, The Tiger, The Hamster and The Mole which was not only handled beautifully by this young singer but was also performed with mature gusto and confidence. Unfortunately nothing else within the show managed to reach anything near this level of professionalism and the only number to even come close was the closing number, where we are joined again by the whole company for their finale.

However this was well performed, overall, by this young cast. There were a number of clunky moments in the harmonising but with most of the songs being solos, this wasn't too much of a problem. Considering the band were also young performers they coped considerably well with the erratic nature of the score, and it was lovely to see a couple of them joining the cast on stage for their own instrument solos.

This company definitely has a good couple of performers to look out for. The rest can't be blamed too harshly for Goral's early solo setting a standard that was impossible for the rest to reach. 

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The Blurb

Each song is a story in Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s Closer Than Ever, winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Twenty four wise and witty songs of experience, based largely on true stories, intertwine insightful tales about love, security, happiness, and self-definition in an ever-changing world. Universal experiences and truths are uncovered through charming melodies and smartly-crafted lyrics. Called ‘one of the half-dozen finest American theater scores of the last decade’ by the New York Times.

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