Pictured: Lindsey McKee and J. Kent Barnhart. Photo by Larry J. Levinson.
By: Lucas Crabtree
IT’S DELOVELY unites the works of timeless composers Cole Porter and Noel Coward to create an entertaining musical performance. J. Kent Barnhart, who leads the ensemble is a devoted fan of Porter and Coward’s. His love of the two legends is manifested in his deep knowledge of their works, which he shares after most songs as a brief interlude. Not entirely an academic of these artists myself, I enjoyed listening to the history of their lives and work. In fact, a few of the songs in IT’S DELOVELY are unpublished works of Cole Porter which have seen little time in the spotlight.
The ensemble includes Lauren Bradshaw, Katie Karel, and Lindsey Mckee. A couple nervous stutters and misses aside, the performers handle the material competently. Mckee handles each feature with solid vocals and she executes the theatricality of each song capitally. Bradshaw displays dynamic vocal range in “Easy to Love”, where she nails the spirit of the song in her performance. “The Physician” — featuring a mighty performance
from Karel — is staunchly the zenith of the show.
Whether a devoted fan of Porter and Coward or not, Quality Hill Playhouse has constructed a charming set of classic music for a fun evening out.
DELOVELY: THE WIT OF COLE PORTER AND NOËL COWARD runs through March 31st. For more information visit qualityhillplayhouse.com.