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Bryce Pinkham 1What a thrill to report that “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” last year’s quadruple TONY winner has leading man Bryce Pinkham back on board as the dastardly(not really) Monte Novarro! And the show itself is as fresh as a daisy, and Bryce stopped the show cold with the infamous “Trio” number! No! Really! The audience which was packing the Walter Kerr that night couldn’t stop cheering and clapping! Talk about the Roar of the Crowd! He and his two delicious, new leading ladies joined him in mirth, slamming doors, and song and the crowd went wild! How exciting was that! And the show is nearing the two-year-old point in October, AND it’s recouped all its’ investment! No mean feat on Broadway these days!

Scarlett Strallen is the all-too-pink, absolutely delightful Sibella, and as Pinkham sang the magnificent love song to her with superlatives hitting the High C’s “You’re deceitful! You’re delectable!” Ms. Strallen seemed to justify and personify every trilled adjective.

Catherine Walker was right up there vocally and humourously as a more mature Phoebe D’yasquith, all in blue, and decorous as well as decorative as she and Stallen BOTH presue Pinkham in that slammingly funny “Trio.”

They were a delight to watch and applaud and cheer and the  howling audience surely did!

And of course, Jefferson Mays playing something like 8 or 9 D’yquiths, all of whom, but one, or is it two? I’m losing count as the body count of despicable D’ysquiths soars, as does Mays’ legendary, unbelievable performance(s) in ALLLLL those roles  It’s still a  dizzying comic tour-de-force as he, Pinkham, Stallen and Walker keep you laughing even though I’ve seen the show THREE times now, and have worn out the Original Cast CD playing it over and over and over.

Under the equally legendary Darko Tresnjak’s STILL perfectly pitched direction, not a moment of hilarity is missed. My sides literally ached from laughing!

Just when you think you’ve seen the ultimate D’ysquith slaughter( by our hero Monty Navarro/Pinkham) there’s another hysterical murder. The bees persuing Henry D’Ysquith (yes, Mays AGAIN!) this time around are all depicted as a golden-yellow swarm on the upstage back projection by the excellent Aaron Rhyne. They seem to be eating  Mays alive as he writhes in bee-stung agony upside down!

Then of course there the hilarious, plus-sized, busomy Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, the most despicable, globe-trotting do-gooder that makes you never want to donate to a charity again.

I guess my favorite D’Ysqithian death is when in the course of about five minutes, or less, Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey is despatched as she plays Hedda Gabler’s famous climax, Monty having put a real bullet in her stage gun. I couldn’t stop laughing! Or was it screaming at this point?

And one had to wonder all over again at the stamina, nuance, and mischief that Bryce Pinkham displays throughout. A master comedian as well as a nearly operatic singer with a tenor voice that can only be described as plangent as his magnificent voice soars above the mayhem and murder in Steven Lutvak’s and Robert L. Freeman’s wonderfully apt songs.

My favorite being Bryce’s “I Am Standing Here With Poison in My Pocket”. It’s an ice-skating murder.

Don’t try to figure it out! Just go and enjoy the incredible “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” again and again. As Darko Tresnjak prepares a National Tour and I can easily see it being done all over the world! And running forever and ever. Congratulations once again to all concerned!

 

 

Sooo many delicious, mouth-watering dishes at Saki(formerly Saki Sushi) in Provincetown! Janet Jorgelsco out-does herself once again showing what seems like ever incredible, innovative,Sushi /Thai dish in the place!

Camera – Phil Sokoloff

Editing_ Kevin Teller

 

Our very handsome host, Hans Van Costanoble, is the great guest to this travel segment of “The Stephen Holt Show” Goes to the Provincetown International Film Festival 2o15. This is part one, and after Hans’ enticing description and the beauty of the rooms AND THE SPA, you’ll surely want to go there, too!

Camera -Phil Sokoloff

Editing-Kevin Teller

 

Kickstarter '15It’s only less than a day now! 20 hours or less! Left to pledge the Help Get Stephen Holt to the Toronto Film Festival Kickstarter Project!

We’re nowhere near our goal, so things aren’t looking good. So please help, if you can!

The correct link is in the blog post just below. So I’ll stop here, and thanks to Richard, Gina, Darrie, Tamara, Chris and Clement for their pledges of help, but as you know with Kickstarter if you don’t make or surpass your goal you end up with ZERO. And the pledged money is not charged to the backers. It’s not billed at all!

So go to the link below and time is surely running out! It’s not a good feeling…

Only 30 Hours Left! To Help Fund My Kickstarter Project! Watch the video! And Please Help! Time Is Running Out!

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ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT! PLEASE HELP!!!

The temperature in New York is supposed to reach 90 degrees and above tomorrow! So I’m staying in in the air conditioning and monitoring my Kickstarter project  which is woefully far away from its’ goal.

Clearly your help is needed! Only three more days of Kickstarter left! Click on the above link and it will take you to my project! Help!

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