@ThisFunktional Theater Review: Pasadena Playhouse’s virtual opening night of YOU I LIKE

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Pasadena Playhouse used the PlayhouseLIVE platform to bring the magnificent songbook of Jerry Herman to the stage in “You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman,” streaming January 10, 2021 to February 7, 2021.

The brilliant arrangement of some of the most iconic songs written by Herman are paired up with the beautiful architecture of the Pasadena Playhouse to create both a vocally powerful and a visually stunning performance.

The instrumentals are wonderful as the vocals range from harmonizing to solo powerful vocals which leave viewers in awe.

From “Hello, Dolly!” to “Mame” to “La Cage aux Folles,” Jerry Herman gifted us with some of the most beloved showtunes in Broadway history. Conceived, written, and hosted by veteran musical director Andy Einhorn, “You I Like” features personal and stirring anecdotes from Herman’s life and joyful and optimistic songs from all of Herman’s memorable musicals. A remarkable cast of Broadway performers will take you down memory lane to “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” as you sing along to your favorites and discover unknown masterpieces.

The intro by musical director Andy Einhorn with special guests Bernadette Peters and David Hyde Pierce made the virtual opening night a marvelous night full of theater history, of excellent music and performances which are beautifully staged.

Such magnificent music can be head that even if audiences close their eyes they can enjoy the beauty of the vocals and instruments.

More than just a set of songs, the ability of Einhorn to intertwine personal anecdotes between the musical umbers takes audiences through a journey spanning the life and accomplishments of Herman.

Songs like “Time Heals Everything” and “I Am What I Am” show some of the optimism in the songs written by Herman and gives some hope to the times we are living in now.

Einheart on the piano with the vocal magic of Ashley Blanchet, Nick Christopher, Lesli Margherita, Andrea Ross, and Ryan Vona.

Spend a wonderful time listening to some of the music which brought Jerry Herman such success on and off Broadway.

Video-on-demand streaming of “You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman” will be available to rent on PlayhouseLive.org for $24.99 from January 11 through February 7. After the initial purchase through the website, “You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman” can be watched on any of the PlayhouseLive apps including Apple OS, Android OS, Roku, FireTV and more. Closed captioning will be available in both English and Spanish.

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