Monday, May 17, 2010

Everyday Rapture (The SOB Review)

Everyday Rapture (The SOB Review) – American Airlines Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, New York

*** (out of ****)

Dismiss Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture as nothing more than Broadway navel-gazing at your own peril. It’s Scott’s very soul that’s laid completely bare in this most improbable of Great White Way shows.

All attention in this "semi-autobiographical" show is skillfully redirected away from her covered midriff -- she is, after all, Amish-lite. Wearing her enormous heart on her sleeve, Scott manages to win ours as she shares her journey from simply being a devout disciple of Jesus to one who becomes inquisitive enough to also ask what would Judy do.

In one of the year’s most hilarious scenes, Scott’s show-stealing tune from Aida takes center stage as she tries reaching out to a young fan (a riotously funny Eamon Foley) with questionable success. But succeed, Everyday Rapture does in a very winning, surpising and often poignant way.

How much is fact or fiction is immaterial. Possessing both a sly self-deprecating wit and one of Broadway’s most beautiful singing voices, Scott enraptures you throughout with talent that’s anything but everyday.

You can’t help but wonder when this self-professed semi-superstar will be able to toss aside all semi-statuses for good.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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