Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘Only for Now’ keeps performance pulse going at UW-Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The revue “Only for Now: A Musical Revue” goes about business in new ways for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance – like so many things for so many people in the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.The original creation is continuing online to Dec. 15. Some snapshots:
The 19 student performers introduce themselves – name, major, hometown and school, plus a tidbit about what makes them tick in performing.
The 12 songs in the show are mostly solos with piano accompaniment.
The selection is from Broadway shows.
The songs are of a person at an important moment – like now.
Lyrics and music give the performer the opportunity to create a character – build a soul.
Touches of costuming are part of the enacted singing.
Performances were recorded in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ Fort Howard Hall, the acoustics of which allow singers’ voices to flex freely.
The finale, a trio, works around the revue’s title, with lyrics being lush with meaning, heavily edited here: “Nothing lasts… Life goes on… Full of surprises… You’ll be faced with problems of all shapes and sizes… You’re going to have to make a few compromises… Only for now.”