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There ain't no business like show business

March 24, 1997

By Michelle Van Rysselberge

Lariat Staff Writer

Lights, camera, action...it's showtime! Broadway met Baylor this past weekend in the Baylor Showtime's spring concert entitled 'It's Showtime '97.'

The performers, dressed in black and white, hit the stage with their first number and set the tone for the show with Fats Waller's 'This Joint is Jumpin'.' Their energetic dancing and voices captivated the audience. To the jazzy sounds of a piano, bass, drums and synthesizer, the Showtime players swung into 'On the Sunny Side of the Street,' 'Everybody Loves My Baby' and 'The Girl from Ipanema.'

A theme of friendship inspired a medley of 'That's What Friends Are For,' 'We're Your Friends,' 'You've Got a Friend in Me,' 'Whenever I Call You Friend' and 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus.'

Director Leta Horan directed the singers in an accapella version of James Taylor's 'Lonesome Road.' Members slid on their tap dance shoes and lit up the stage with 'Off Time' from the musical 'Ain't Misbehavin'.'

A new edition to the spring concert was a presentation by the Showtime Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The choral group sang four pieces - Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Getting to Know You,' Edith Piaf's 'La vie en rose,' Victor Young's 'When I Fall in Love and a collaboration by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen named 'Like Someone in Love.'

A few boxes, microphones and stools in front of a black curtain set the simple stage. The Showtimers returned with black hats, canes and white gloves to performthe lively tune 'Handful of Keys.'

The final medley came from the internationally acclaimed musical 'Les Miserables.' The group transformed from classy Broadway black and white attire to poor peasants in colorful scarves, vests, hats and bandanas. 'At the End of the Day' and 'I Dreamed a Dream' created a serious tone.

The stage became a small restaurant, complete with red checkered table clothed tables, waitresses and hungry customers, for 'Master of the House' followed by 'Drink with Me to Days Gone By' and 'One More Day.' The poor, armed with pitchforks, a sword and red flag, rose up against injustice and invited the audience to join in their crusade in their final song 'Do You Hear the People Sing?'

For some, this was the best portion of the show.

'Something from Les Miserables is hard to beat. That part was my favorite,' said Tommy Suits, a former University professor of photojournalism.

Most agreed that the performance received an 'A' for variety.

'It [was] a very versatile musical evening,' said Doris McCluskey, wife of Jimmy McCluskey, dean of student development and services.

Over 300 students, faculty, friends and family members filled the auditorium opening night. Audience members agreeed that the show was an excellent way for those who came to the University for Grandparents Weekend to spend Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

'I heard about the show at the last minute and am really glad I went,' said Theresa Beadles, an Oklahoma City freshman.

Pam Taylor came to see the last Baylor Showtime event her son Bryan Taylor, a Temple senior, and his fiancee Lisa Greaves, a Denton senior, will perform at the University.

'We come down to see all of Bryan's performances,' Pam Taylor said. 'We've never missed a performance since he was in fifth grade.'

Although the spring musical revue was the Baylor Showtime's last show at the University this semester, they will perform three more out of town revues.

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