Good vocals, ensemble makes 'Back to Bacharach and David' at Actors' Summit a musical treat

by April Helms Special Products Editor Published:

Strong vocals, an engaging ensemble and fun songs made for a fun evening at Actors' Summit Theatre, which closes its regular season on a high note with "Back to Bacharach and David."

The revue is a musical nod to Burt Bacharach and Hal David, whose collaborations included "I Say a Little Prayer," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "The April Fools," "Walk On By," "Wishin' and Hopin'" and "Always Something There to Remind Me."

The four-member ensemble includes Brandon Isner, Chanda Porter, Debra Rose and Lisa Marie Schueller, with music director J.T. Buck on keyboard and Scott Sexton on percussion. MaryJo Alexander directed the show.

The June 15 audience seemed to enjoy the show.

"I thought the voices harmonized really well," said Greg Polyak of Cuyahoga Falls. "Their expressions brought a lot of joy to me, and I think the audience picked up on their fun, too. The new arrangements were fresh and interesting."

Greg's wife Marcia said she agreed that she liked the way the music was arranged for the show and complimented the ensemble and Buck for their deft handling of the score.

Alexander said she was happy with how the show came together.

"It's such a treat to have singers who are vocal musicians," she said. "The good directors look for the best, then they leave them alone. It's a great show. It's layers and layers of romance. I was surprised how many songs these guys wrote. They wrote many great songs."

Schueller, who lives in Kent, ended a 5-year hiatus from the theater with her appearance in the show. Schueller said Alexander contacted her to join the ensemble when one of the actresses had to drop out due to a family emergency.

"I did my last show when my older daughter was 6 months old, and she's 5 1/2 now," Schueller said. "My second daughter is now 5 1/2 months old. I'm glad to be back in it. Maddie and my family came opening night, and she was so proud. She said 'That's my mom!'"

Ticket and show information

"Back to Bacharach and David" will run through July 20. There will be no performance July 4. Performances are given Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and take place at Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. The show is appropriate for all ages. A free dessert reception with the cast follows the opening night performance on June 13.

Tickets for "Back To Bacharach And David" can be purchased over the phone at 330-374-7568 and online at www.actorssummit.org. Tickets are $33 for adults, $28 for seniors over 65; and $10 for all full-time students under 30.

The theater is at 103 High St. in downtown Akron. The facility features barrier free access, free parking, and full bar service.

More information is available at the Actors' Summit website at www.actorssummit.org.

Up next

Actors' Summit will bring back "My Mother's Jesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding" for a two-week run Aug. 7 through 17.

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