- Fan Review
Review by Jan Feuquay
An Evening With Richard Rodgers and James Clow --
what more could you ask for on a hot July evening at an outdoor theater in St. Louis?
Music under the stars, women in beautiful gowns and handsome men in tuxedos,
singing some of the greatest songs ever written.
The ensemble began with "The Sweetest Sounds" and "It's A Grand Night for
Singing", then moved on to "June is Bustin' Out All Over".
James looked very suave and debonair in his tux, and he looked much
younger without the mustache we had all grown used to seeing on him in Jekyll & Hyde. James did a solo rendition of "I Could Write A Book",
then just a few moments later stole the show, along with the St. Louis Strutters, doing a
song and dance routine to "You Mustn't Kick It Around". The St. Louis
Strutters is a tap dance troupe comprised of lovely ladies between the ages of 50 - 60,
and they gave James a run for his money! But to see
James doing the old "chorus line kicks" with these ladies was easily the
highlight of the evening, and the entire crowd roared its approval. The ensemble
closed Act I with "Do I Hear a Waltz".
In Act II, James sported a white tuxedo and did a duet of
"People Will Say We're In Love" with Sarah Uriarte Berry, a Broadway Les Mis
alumni. James ended the show by leading the ensemble in
James has such a smooth, yet powerful voice. It was
wonderful to hear him "cut loose" on the solo numbers, rather than just as part
of the J/H ensemble. The crowd loved him, interrupting the intro of another song to
give him his duly earned applause, as for some reason the musical director did not think a
'pause' was necessary between songs!