From a technical standpoint, the show went off without a hook. The band was great, and housed onstage, it was a cool aspect to be able to see them playing and interacting with each other and the actors. There were a few prop and microphone mishaps, but for the most part, everything was smooth, which was impressive for opening night in a new theater.
George Hamilton put on a less-than-great performance. At age 72, it’s impressive to see him on stage in such an upbeat show, but his dancing, singing and acting were not up to par. Countering him is Christopher Sieber, whose performance more than made up for Hamilton’s. Sieber portrayed Albin perfectly, and put on an emotional display of character.
The show runs from now until October 23rd at the Historic State Theater in downtown Minneapolis. It’s on the perfect stage for it, not as large as the Orpheum across the street, but not too small either. If you love shows with glitz and glamour and a lot of heart, this show is for you.