Thanks to the "Encores" series in NYC, lesser-known shows get to be dusted off, polished and presented with vigor for audiences that may be unfamiliar with them!
We all know the Cy Coleman classic Sweet Charity, we we weren't familiar with his show Little Me.
Encores at City Center is currently presenting a new production of the show throughout the rest of this weekend and it is sooooo worth seeing for many reasons.
The Coleman songs are ace! And the book, written by the equally iconic Neil Simon, is laugh out loud funny! Sometimes too funny. The only real problem with the show we had is how exaggerated and out of touch with reality it is.
The story is a good-old-fashioned love tale, but it's all done so farcically that it's hard to actually root for any of the characters.
But these actors are given lots to work with and they have a ball with it!
Christian Borle does his best Jerry Lewis impersonation and is just as funny as the iconic comedian. He plays FOUR different characters in the show! Each one funnier than the next!
A real stellar cast of Broadway veterans also round out the cast, including Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye and Tony Yazbeck, but…
It is Rachel York who steals the show!!!
We had previously seen her in the touring production of the Anything Goes revival, and we kept comparing her to Sutton Foster the whole time - whom we'd seen play the Reno part on Broadway.
But in Little Me she shines on her own! She shines so bright!
Rachel York is such a talent!
Mega super huge star!
She is magnetic in this show!
Must must see!!!!
P.S. Kudos to Joshua Bergasse for the superb choreography!