Off the Wall Theatre reached
for a bit of magic in its production of the world's longest running musical,
Director Dale Gutzman, who had previously
done the show five times, brought to the intimate Off The Wall Theatre
a personal, touching and beautiful version of this most beloved musical.
With Music Direction by the very versatile
Kummer and Technical Direction by wizard David Roper, an aura
of fantasy and romance filled the tiny theater space.
Gutzman gathered together a multi-talented
cast as well. Jeremy C. Welter played El Gallo, the hypnotic,
charismatic narrator. Maura Atwood who sparkles on stage, played
the young dreamer Louisa. Daniel Slattery brought his considerable
charm to Matt the boy who loves her. And as the fathers of the children,
Gutzman relied on two Milwaukee theatrical veterans... Marilyn White
and Carole Herbstreit-Kalinyen. Milwaukee favorites Tom Marks
and Lawrence J. Lukasavage played the old Shakespearean Actor and
his inept sidekick. Frank O'Dwyer was perfect as the Mute and Sandy
Lewis played the Handy-person.
This was the perfect time for a warm, fuzzy,
funny, romantic musical.
A perfect time to remember the best times
of our lives.