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Of course you'll walk away from "And the World Goes 'Round" at TheatreZone humming your favorite John Kander-Fred Ebb tunes. But the ones you don't know steal the show. 

The five singers-dancers-actors do a hilarious diatribe to life on the treadmill with "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup," adding jitters and speed as they gulp and the song flies on. While you may not be singing "Yes" on the way home, it's a sunny spirit lift, with a bouyant beat to match its chipper lyrics:

There's lots of chaff, there's lots of wheat

You might get mugged as you walk the streets

But on the other hand you might reach

That handsome stranger you've longed to meet

Both of the above songs are from a long-forgotten musical for which the two wrote music, "70 Girls 70." For every "Chicago" and Cabaret" — both works with the Kander and Ebb team behind them — there are another handful of musicals that didn't make it, with some of the team's great music on the shelf with them.

"And the World Goes 'Round," the musical revue of their works, dusts them off and splices in some of their outside works for an engaging music marathon. 

And there's always room for a tap dance, featuring  Kayley Stevens and Charles Logan romping nimbly around stage. (Learn to tap dance, guys; that clicky cavort-athon changes the outcome of Logan's plaintive "Marry Me" proposal to Stevens.)

Each of the five in this production was chosen for a special skill; one may sing better, but precision timing and comic touch may be the forte for another.  While Broadway veteran Patrick Sullivan may deliver a suitably menacing "Kiss of the Spider Woman," he's fracturing as the toned, tanned, Ray-banned boy toy of "Arthur in the Afternoon."

All of them can sell the song, but they have to work to match Carolann Sanitas' vamp of "How Lucky Can You Get," a tune from the long-gone "Funny Lady" sequel to "Funny Girl." (For the record, the hit "Funny Girl" was a Jule Styne-Bob Merrill collaboration, so you won't hear "People" here.)

Sanitas and Laura Hodos also ham up "Class," from "Chicago," playing a pair of low-lifes sniffing at others' manners. They reprise as a pair for "What's So Wonderful," a movie star and a housewife wryly comparing lives.

Only Logan can match them in the silly, slightly suggestive cabaret paeon to "Sara Lee," effusing over every product in the freezer:

And it thrills me right to my soul
When I'm chewin' your finger roll
And I'm cryin' "For goodness sake
There never been a better banana cake"

And he lusts to taste her cherry Danish, too, so we're pretty sure this one didn't show up in TV commercials. 

Logan does another comic turn with a "Chicago" tune  as the sad sack "Mr. Cellophane,"  a dweeb who can't even get the spotlight to stay on him as he moves. 

The evening has its share of poignant moments, such as Sullivan's wistful "I Don't Remember You" from a musical titled "The Happy Time." He does its title tune as well; Hodos offers a hopeful "Maybe This Time" from "Cabaret" and Stevens meditates on love as "A Quiet Thing" (from "Flora, the Red Menace").

Karen Molnar's choreography takes advantage of the G&L Theatre's small stage with circular routines and visuals, such as a black light segment in "New York, New York";  the troupe dons white top hats, gloves and spats for a visual treat on the darkened stage. She even puts the troupe on roller skates for breathtaking zips around "The Rink," title tune to that musical.

This show employs lighting cleverly, embedding lights in the singers' hats to give their faces a glow for the dark tune "Money, Money" (from the movie version of "Cabaret").

And the troupe outdoes itself in a jazzed, Manhattan Transfer harmony take on the title tune from "Cabaret," backed by Charles Fornara and a top-flight band whose arrangements — save for a strangely waltzy "My Coloring Book" — seal the evening.

It's a happy way for TheatreZone, and audiences, to close the 2018-19 season. 

If you go

'And the World Goes 'Round'

What: Musical revue of songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb presented by TheatreZone

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 and  May 2, 3, 4; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 and May 5; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, and May 5

Where: G&L Theatre, Community School of Naples, 13275 Livingston Road
Naples

Tickets: $50-$75

To buy: Online at theatre.zone or call 888-966-3352

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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