Thursday night I had one of the best Valentine treats possible, the premiere of “Let My People Come.” A revival of the 1970’s hit, tonight’s performance was packed full of emerging actors and singers that are sure to take New York and the Broadway stages by storm.
John Daniel Forslund is to be commended on the genius way he transformed an underground cabaret into an exotic 90 minutes of total entertainment and edgy fun. Updated with today’s social mores and challenges, he brought forward the same issues four decades. Capped off by vocals that would put many Broadway marquee stars to shame, this group also provided the unexpected – total and indisputable chemistry.
From the moment you walked into The Underground Theatre and the actors engaged you and personally made you feel welcomed, you knew you were in for a memorable night.
The first actor to greet me was Haley Selmon, a beautiful blonde bombshell. I knew immediately I was going to enjoy her characterization and interpretation of whatever scene John had her pegged for. What I was blown away by were the amazing vocals she provided and the warmth and interaction she made with every single member of the audience. The response from the audience towards Haley was a brilliant review into itself. Let me just say, they fell in love with her. Male and female!
Brian Craft began his pre-show conversation with me with that heart-warming and somewhat devious “Boy Next Door” image. Any Mother would be proud if her daughter or son brought this one home! The sparkle in his eyes told you he had something up his selves, or in his boxers, depending on the scene! His characterizations and transformations from one frantically mastering the skills of online dating and texting to a loyalty of love for his partner showed his versatility (and I don’t mean in the online dating sense). Vocally he was masterful. His harmonies and his inflections were flawless. Keep the name “Brian Craft” on your must-see list!
And, the powerhouse voice of the night was John Ryan Del Bosque. The range and intonation of this actor left you with chills. Close your eyes and you felt you were listening to Luther Vandross. Then, the next scene he was harmonizing like a boy band. And then did someone say, “Adam Levine was in the house?” for it sure sounded like him. John’s charisma on stage gave me pause to wonder how someone has not discovered this guy and put his name on the marquee.
What was billed as a fun night and great for a Bachelorette Party may well be the best kept secret of talent and entertainment in the shadows of the Great White Way. The entire cast was flawless and once again John Daniel Forslund is bringing creativity and ingenuity back to the Director’s chair.
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