They’ll make you laugh, tear up a little but most all make you feel good. Trish LaRose and Jared Hagan are at it again in a musical revue called “Sing Like There’s No Tomorrow” at the Cape Rep Theater in Brewster. Under Richard Jay Sullivan’s nifty direction, these two smoothly transition from song to song, often with a brief introduction but most of all with heart and soul. This Cape Rep collaboration is a winner.
LaRose’s expressive delivery often feels like she’s talking or singing just to you, and Hagan’s controlled command can give you shivers. Their duets are a treat and they shine individually too. You’ll find familiar songs, and some unfamiliar but each one was enjoyable and worthwhile. Accompanied by a trio of musicians, they sing nearly 25 unique selections that include songs from recent and current Broadway (“The Band’s Visit,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “If/Then” and “Falsettos”), Broadway past (“Chicago,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and “Mame”), classy and/or classic musical geniuses (Joni Mitchell and Lady Gaga), songs for the yuletide season and more. The small yet first-rate band is comprised of a bass guitar (Jon Peterson or Sue Goldberg, depending on the performance date), drums (Brad Conant or John Connally) and piano (Malcolm Granger or Peter Hodgson). Granger is also credited with the excellent musical direction and arrangements.
Larose and Hagan’s duets are fun and cute yet poignant (“Fatso” and “Class” particularly). We had never heard “You Can Have the TV” before and it brought us to tears. LaRose always shines but she blew us away more than once particularly on “Million Reasons,” “Cold Pizza for Breakfast” and the frenetic Streisand’s version of “Jingle Bells.” Loved the pratfall! Hagan’s emotional vocal range was highlighted in the lovely “What More Can I Say” and then his comedic chops were evident in an ode to the baked goods of “Sara Lee;” he was hilarious.
Each week, they introduce one of their “friends” and we were lucky enough to have Meghan Magrath, a Cape Rep alumna who has performed both on Cape and in New York City. Magrath was great, especially on “Lilac Wine,” a song I had never heard before. Her performance of this song brought me to tears.
Add in the fabulous band, spot-on lighting design by Susan Nicholson and stage manager Kate Gulden’s deft hand, you have the perfect respite from this hectic time of year. This revue will bring you to your feet! Get your tickets today!
“Sing Like There’s No Tomorrow, A Musical Revue”
Cape Rep Theatre
Runs through Dec. 9, Sundays and Mondays at 7 p.m.
Tickets: 508-896-1888 or www.caperep.org