Are you a Cape Rep fan? Theater aficionado? Mad about Broadway musicals? Then you are either familiar with these two powerhouse performers or will relish discovering them in this special summer event.
Jared Hagen and Trish LaRose excel in a spotlight; the two are natural born entertainers. Director Richard J. Sullivan, with help from the two conceived a show where the two play off each other’s talents and playfully try to outdo the other in song. Add in the arrangements of musical director Malcolm Granger, and that’s “Trish and Jared’s 21st Century Songbook.”
There are songs you’ll recognize (from “Funny Lady” to a funny lady Lady Gaga) and songs you’ll delightfully discover and hear for maybe the first time. Each is delivered by these performers so tantalizingly you’ll want more.
Part one is sectioned off into times in their lives; listeners can relate through the hilarity, poignancy or empathy of the numbers. “Another Winter in a Summer Town” from “Grey Gardens,” “Another Hundred People/Native New Yorker” from Sondheim’s “Company” and “I am Born This Way” from “La Cage Aux Folles” are three of the 12 striking numbers.
Part One segues perfectly into Part Two, where the two really let it go. Fittingly they open with “Anything You Can Do” from “Annie Get Your Gun.” The next segment is the audience’s choice. You vote when you arrive. LaRose and Hagen have no idea which song won the popular vote until they hear the opening notes. Among the song choices are tunes that these two have sung on the Cape Rep stage at one point over the years.
There are more surprises. A special guest has been invited each weekend; we saw Broadway triple threat Eric Riley, who sang two numbers and brought the house down.
The last few numbers showcase Hagen’s vocal range (his soft notes stir you as much as those he knocks out of the park) and LaRose’s lovely vocals with her expressive face and a natural flair for comedy. Sheer delight. The closing number, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” with Riley left the audience wanting more.
The singers are backed up by a wonderful trio: Granger, keyboard; Sue Goldberg, bass; and the night we were there John Jamison, percussion. See this musical event before it leaves. It’s only two nights a week for four weeks. Get your tickets today.
Trish and Jared’s 21st Century Songbook, A Musical Revue
At Cape Rep Theatre
Through July 17, Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m.
Information and reservations: 508-896-1888,www.caperep.org