Starting Here Starting Now
Photo by Charles Jarrett
Reviewed by David Kashimba

What better way to start your summer than with a little song and dance at Playhouse West in Walnut Creek? Starting Here Starting Now is a musical review by lyricist, Richard Maltby Jr. and composer David Shire. Together they wrote and directed Big the Musical, Baby and Closer Than Ever. In addition to many musicals, Shire’s film scores include Norma Rae, The Conversation, All the Presidents Men, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Saturday Night Fever and the television movie Raid on Entebbe.

Starting Here Starting Now is a collection of over 20 songs that celebrate the many comic and poignant nuances of man/woman relationships. From the way couples tend to brag about how great their relationships are when they’re really falling apart, in the song I Don’t Believe It, to the more melancholic aspects of love from which great poems are written, in songs like Autumn and I Don’t Remember Christmas, Starting Here Starting Now has a way of echoing back our own past and present loves from the deep canyon of our soul.

Playhouse West’s Artistic Director, Lois Grandi, has assembled a very talented cast including Alison Ewing who recently finished a national tour as Lulu in Broadway’s revival of Cabaret, Timothy Johnson who recently performed in Godspell and Man of La Mancha, and Michelle Starrs who was recently seen in Willows Theatre’s In The Beginning and Little Shop of Horrors at Alameda Civic Light Opera. Pianist and musical director Joan Cifarelli further compliment this outstanding cast.

There is no real storyline to this production. It’s simply a great night of song and dance entertainment in Playhouse West’s intimate theatre at 1345 Locust St. Performances continue through July 22. For tickets and information call (925) 942-0300.

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