You'll want to be a part of 'My Way'

Stage review
By Mark Humbert

Platte Valley My WayIt doesn't take long to hear Frank Sinatra in the voices of My Way, a musical revue featuring songs sung by Ol' Blue Eyes.

But wait, there are four great voices, not just those of Adam Luhrs and Jim Landis. Amy Stuemky and Alix Brickley provide powerful (an emphasis on powerful) female voices, and much more.

The stage is set simple: a bar and stools, a cocktail table and chairs, and a solitary '40s-style microphone. Behind it, a grand piano, it's bench occupied by Music Director Eric Weinstein (It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play) and bandmates Tom Troxler and Peter Smith on bass and drums. The combo is tight, handling every tune adeptly and smoothly segueing from song to song over the two hours of music. The band warms up the audience before the show, and it's amazing how three players can pull off the full big-band sounds, but they do.

Stuemky, who has graces four previous Platte Valley Players production, opens the show with Strangers in the Night. She's just getting warmed up. After all four vocalists enter the stage you realize you're in the company of another great PVP vocal troupe. They invite you to dance during the show. You will be tapping your toes from the beginning (or shortly thereafter). You can't help it.

You'll see some resemblance to young and older Sinatra in the two men, vocally and physically, as the two offer faithful renditions of Sinatra's greatest hits and relate little anecdotes about the crooner's life and career. You'll notice immediately how comfortable the four are together and that they're having fun-and love the music, just as Director Kelly Van Oosbree does. It's easy for the audience to love it, too!

Sinatra's catalog contains about 1,300 songs by some of his era's (spanning more than 40 years) great composers. If there's a favorite tune/performance through the show, it's the foursome's rendition of That's Life, a visual and vocal treat that changed this review's previous preference of a "cover" version of Sinatra's hit (no longer David Lee Roth's high-energy take in the '80s).

The division of labor on Very Good Year is also well executed. You might prefer Luhrs' vow early in the show to keep you in the building for five days, but every show has to end and the finale is appropriate.

By the way, the cash bar in the Armory lobby might make you feel even more like you're in an intimate nightclub that seats 300.

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