THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, MARCH 9,1967
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MUSKET Scores With Cole Porter Musical
Friday, March 10-NoonLuncheon 25c
Prof. Richard L. Meier
By THOMAS SEGALL t
The disturbing thing about oldt
musical comedies is that they makei
you so damn happy for no goodt
reason at all. The dramatic sit-<
uations of the.newer shows havef
some substance. Not so the old
ones. The plot lines are thin. The
characters are stereotyped. The+
musical numbers are strung to-
gether with old one-liners: "Mr.
Whitney, you're lost." "Oh, no, it's
not me that's lost, it's the bar."
Oh no, we say.
But as soon as the orchestra
is struck up, the lights dim, and
the follow-spot snaps on, the show
begins in earnest. Songs which
By JOYCE WINSLOW
Eh-a. Hill-a Auditorium. I
donna understand. It'sa about the
lighting at Jose Greco last night.
All the yellow flashes. The Span-
ish are red, no? And dark blue.
Fiery, yes? It wasa so hard to get
into the mood the firsta half. But
you dida mucha better the sec-
once half. I forgive you. Ho-K.
Jose Greco was fiery red last
night, when he danced flamenco;
folk - and classic. Spanish dances.
All three types of dance were well
presented in his repetoire. It was
a fine surprise for one anticipated
only traditional flamenco.
"I love,. all Spanish culture,"
Jose Greco said. He loves it so
much he is starting a school in
Malaga for the very purpose of
teaching and maintaining the high
quality of Spanish arts.
"The school will teach every-
thing that, is partners with the
dance," Greco said. "We will
teach poetry, art, sculpture, music
and bull fighting."
"Ah, yes. We wil have a small
All types of dance will be taught
at the school. "You will see the
different styles of dancing by us
this evening," Greco said. "You
will see flamenco, the dance of
expression, of . entertainement.
Flamenco started many many
years ago in inns, on tables. Peo-
ple did it to entertain each other..
thrilled another generation send a
tingle through us. You can't fight
it. It's not so much what is por-
trayed, as what is evoked. The
Great Old Tunes have stayed
around so long because people rec-
ognize something true in them.
"Anything Goes,' which open-
ed at the Lydia Mendelsohn last
night, is from a time when people
took the world a little more seri-
ously, and themselves a little less
so. They had to. The year was
The same external forces which
moved the world moved people
too. If you felt love, you surrend-
ered to it. That was all. "Here we
are on the deck of a ship in the
moonlight," the dialogue runs,
"doesn't that mean anything, to
you?" And we complicated people
of the Nineteen Sixties are made
to face something simple. Of
course it means something to us.
The final verdict lay with the
audience: you have to love any-
one who can sing and dance like
the Musket kids do. Sheilah Rae
Bernstein as Reno is by far the
most polished performer in the,
show. Her control in "I Get a'
Kick Out of You" is enchanting
Dan Levoff as Billy looks like a
young Van Johnson and dances
like a young Fred Astaire. His duet
with Lynn Utzinger, "Night and
Day," was quite moving.
The supporting players are
strong without exception. Paulette
Farn as Bonnie, the vamp-next-
door, and David Shapiro as Moon,
Public Enemy Number Thirteen
prove that all underworld char-
acters who turn up in musical
comedies really have hearts of
gold. In his pas d'un, "Be Like the
Bluebird," Shapiro exhibits an
unexpected terpsichorean grace.
Howard Travis as Sir Evelyn
Oakleigh, the undone English
gentleman, goes a few steps be-
yond being merely dashing. He is
a fine actor and has learned the
all-important lesson of conserving
a real character, and is fascinating
Kudos must go to Director Jack
Rouse for his snappy choreog-
rapphy and graceful logistics. The
big production numbers were so
energetic that you sang along in
spite of yourself.
There were a scandalous num-'
ber of empty seats on opening
night. The community is to be
chastised. But they will have a
chance to see the roof blow off
Mendelssohn Theatre every night
Set Designer Bruce Hillman has
provided us with one of those real
honest-to-goodness staircases, so
familiar to Late Show TV addicts.
The bulwark of 1940 production
numbers, it has all but disappear-
ed from the modern musical. This
may be your last chance to see
people tap-dance up the Great
Stairway to that Nelson Eddy
Heaven in the sky.
CINEMA GUI LD and the
DRAMATIC ARTS CENTER
Gay Folk Dances
Two One-Acts by Tennessee Williams
TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN
THE LONG GOODBYE
Friday and Saturday
Aud. A, Angell Hall
7 and 9:15 P.M.
THE FIFTH ANN ARBOR
One needs only a small space to
dance it. It is the dance of the
interior, done inside' always. Fla-
menco is like your modern dance
because it is highly stylized. It
is a created dance. Only the
rhythms are traditional."
"But all traditional. That is the
classic dance. It evolved earlier
and brings everything: flamenco,
folk, and the grace and lucidity
of ballet. The bolero is classic,
the flamenco is still danced by
"We will also do some folk dance
for you. The last dance, Fantasia
de alencia y Aragon, that is a folk
dance at a wedding. Yes."
The Fantasia, danced by Greco,
his prima' ballerina Nana Lorca,
and company, was a splash of red
ruffles and a flash of spirit. A
wedding party clapped and danced
in joy for the "blushing bride"
who planted exuberant kisses on
Carmen and Justo Quintero, a
brother and sister team from Se-
ville, exhibited dynamic, lightning
movement. Their fierce, uninhib-
ited style exhibited in "Gitanerias
in Sevilla" was free from tradi-
tional austerity and dignity. They
were completely charming.
"Old Madrid" was a -Spanish
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takeoff of the Jeannette McDon-
ald-Nelson Eddy love scenes. Done
almost in pantomime with a little
flamenco thrown in, one could
imagine the dialogue: the heroine
in high falsetto, "Oh Pedro."
Reply in deep bass: "Maria!"'
In a serious vein, Nana Lorca
danced with true Spanish grace
and gentility "MaJa and the
Nightingale." Resplendent in pur-
ple velvet, she was beautiful.
Jose Greco was the master in
every dance selection he danced,
but "Danza Castellana" was ex-
ceptionally well done. Greco was
a townsman seeking the favors of
two flirtatious country maidens.
Antonio Del Castillo, one of
Greco's featured dancers, did a
superb flamenco, and bowed to
much , applause.
One was treated also to the
flamenco guitar of Ricardo Mo-
drego. He played "Guitar Sol" by
Roger Machado. The melody was
beautifully complete, containing
both the sigh and the placation
in one song.
Beautiful music. Magnificent
dance. Lavish costumes. Ah Hilla
Auditorium. Jose Greco. What
can one say, but Bravo.
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