"East of the Sun,West of the Moon" (Coriolis Theatre): Singing is Noteworthy!

"East of the Sun,West of the Moon" (Coriolis Theatre):  Singing is Noteworthy!

#159.  One upon a time, in a theatre far far away (from Lakeview but near the Morse Red Line stop), a new company launched its inaugural season...

Coriolis Theatre Company presents EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON:  AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL. Based on a legendary Norse fairy tale, two people chase after their happily everafter.  A wicked queen wants her daughter to marry the prince.  Originally reluctant, she’s warming up to the idea.  Prince Asbjorn just isn’t that into *her* and wants to go on a quest for true love.  His wannabe future mother-in-law agrees to the road trip with some enchantment parameters.  He has to woo the new girl as a bear or as a faceless person.  Asbjorn works it and Freja falls for him... both of him, bear and mystery guy.  And just when love may conquer all, ---curses!  EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON is a beautiful musical journey through some troubled patches.

This show is a little Disney, a little mythology with a little new age thrown in.   Above all, it’s a musical.  And it’s the singing that bewitches.  Lyricist Lydia Gordon and Composer Christopher Dunn-Rankin created some magical, musical moments. With emphasis on choral harmonies, Dunn-Rankin’s melodies are harmonized impressively by a trio of muses:  Freda Humble, Allison Kochanski, Junnie Cross.  The ladies guide the young lovers with their in-sync bittersweet words and haunting tunes. Another standout is Jessica Kahkoska (princess).  A transfixing Kahkoska delivers her arias with soloist perfection.  The show feels operatic with a robust litany of songs.  In a small space with only keyboard accompaniment, the entire cast, for the most part, come together with exquisite singing.

The singing is the reason to listen to this show.  The story is interesting too.  But Playwright Lydia Gordon’s dialogue is stilted.  And under the direction of K. Hannah Friedman, the focal love story is awkward.  When the music stops, the spell is momentarily broken.  I wanted to fall in love with this show but... --curses... I’m only in love with the singing.

Containing himself to 3 words, Shawn describes it with ‘wonderful singers. :) Book. :( ‘

Running Time:  Two hours includes an intermission

At BoHo Theatre at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood

Book by Lydia Gordon

Composed by Christopher Dunn-Rankin

Musical direction by Michael Evans

Directed by K. Hannah Friedman

Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 9pm

Sundays at 3pm

Thru September 9th

Buy Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/261891

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