Good morning, dilettantes! In honor of the recent opening night of ON THE TOWN on Broadway, I’m going to share with you a review I wrote last February of LITTLE ME at New York City Center. Why? Because, well, I really like how I wrote it, plus the star of ON THE TOWN (Tony Yazbeck) was also in this show.
So, as promised, here is my review of Little Me at NY City Center, the first show in this year’s Encores! presentations. The music was composed by Cy Coleman, the lyrics penned by Carolyn Leigh, and the book masterminded by Neil Simon. The show’s “hook” is that one actor plays all seven of the men in the life of fictional socialite Belle Poitrine.
That one man here was none other than Christian Borle, who we just saw in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! Borle expertly shifted from character to character (sometimes in a matter of seconds) and nailed every one. My favorites were Frenchman Val du Val (who got the BEST number in the show, “Boom Boom”) and wonder boy Noble Eggleston, the true love of Belle Poitrine. There are two actresses who play Belle- as a young lady, Rachel York, and as an older grand dame, the peerless Judy Kaye. Their duet, the title song, was my second favorite number.
Other supporting roles were played by Cinderella’s Harriet Harris and Gypsy’s Tony Yazbeck. And the more ridiculous the plot became (and it was extravagant on more than one occasion!) the funnier the performers were. The energetic and totally game ensemble rounded out this delightful throwback to the days of old school musical comedy. And I even got to talk to Christian Borle before the show, by the way!