As Thousands Cheer
Reviewed by David Kashimba

The Irving Berlin musical, As Thousands Cheer, now playing at Marin Theatre, is a nostalgic collection of songs that allows us to escape into a past that now seems simpler and more wholesome. Uplifting tunes in this production, like Easter Parade and Heat Wave have been performed frequently on stage and in films.

Though many of the comic numbers are just too dated to appeal to younger audiences, there is a timelessness and depth to some of Berlin’s music. The best example in this production is Supper Time sung by C. Kelly Wright. Wright plays a Black woman whose husband was hung by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The emotion that Wright evokes, from singing about how her husband won’t be coming home for dinner, is very powerful. This song alone is worth the price of admission.

But Supper Time is the exception in a production of otherwise light entertainment, including Prologue and Man Bites Dog, Franklin D. Roosevelt to be Inaugurated Tomorrow, and World’s Wealthiest Man Celebrates 94th Birthday. If you enjoy being taken back to a pre-WWII nostalgia of questionable innocence, then you’ll enjoy As Thousands Cheer. The quality of the acting and live orchestra is very good. But someone, who grew up on WWII and fought in Vietnam or the Persian Gulf, will find the subject matter lacking.

For tickets and information, call (415) 388-5208.

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