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|"This infectious dance revue from Blue Umbrella Productions imagines a world where Nancy Sinatra and Janelle Monae are spiritual sisters, Jerome Robbins choreographed West Side Story to MC Hammer, and Beyonce has a five-o-clock shadow. Director/choreographer Windy Bowlsby and her exuberant troupe borrow from Broadway, Bollywood, vaudeville and opera (classical and the Jerry Springer variety) for 14 numbers infused with energy and humor that will have audiences boogieing in the aisles."
|"The plot device is a funeral service for the television theme song that turns into a 45-minute medley surfing on a warm wave of nostalgia. Seven earnest belters give a loving treatment to the opening tunes of kid shows, sitcoms and dramas, plus a batch of ad jingles for good measure."
St. Paul Pioneer Press
|August 2010||"Lost Broadway songs find new life in a delightful revue..."Flops!" is anything but. Blue Umbrella Productions' revue of songs from Broadway failures is a thoroughly delightful confection...The company creates a dramatic context for the songs that leads to an emotionally satisfying resolution...cleverly staged by Greg A. Joelson...music director Randi Grundahl Rexroth elicits polished performances from the strong ensemble."
"Those terrific Blue Umbrella singers remind us that just because a show isn't very good, it still can have some great tunes."
|February 2009||"Starting with the rather beguiling concept of having men sing Broadway tunes written for women, Dreamboys built on that with a quintet of talented singers who easily glided from tune to tune through the sharp 90-minute program. ..The compilation -- solidly directed by Suzanna Winter -- also dug deep into the songbook, pulling out songs that were familiar (pieces from South Pacific and Company) to downright obscure (the jolly 'Mr. Hop-a-long Heartbreak' from Urban Cowboy... The five performers blended well in their group numbers and all had moments to really strut their vocal stuff in solo numbers. The highlight came with Tim Keuhl, who not only belted out the above Urban Cowboy number, but also a gorgeous ballad, 'Lying There.' ... Dreamboys provided what my soul needed Friday night."
|From Stand By Your Man to I Am Woman, this exuberant musical revue takes a funny and poignant look at the evolution of women's rights and roles in America as played out against the lyrics of popular music.|
and August 2006
|"If you're a fan of old Disney movie musicals, this revue spotlighting the tunes of Richard and Robert Sherman is the show for you. Most of the old goodies are here, and many get a new twist -- an operatic I'm Just a Little Black Raincloud, a gospel-tinged sing-along version of Fly a Kite, and even a jazz rendition of that most insidious of earworms, It's a Small World ...the quintet of voices are able and up to the task."
"Individually, the singers are excellent. As a group, they are transcendent. Their voices intertwine beautifully, guided by medley arrangements that are brilliant, humorous and heart-wrenching."
"Great singing, fun vignettes, some really amazing arrangements and even a sing along. I don't know if I should give this away, but I really loved Scott Keever's arrangement of It's a Small World. That is one of those songs that you dread getting stuck in your head, but the jazzed up version that was sung here was so well done that I guess I was shocked into forgetting the song right away ... If you want a fun show with nostalgic songs and family friendly music, go see this one."
Take Me to the Limit (Minnesota Fringe Festival Blog)