Took my parents to Don Q yesterday and we were all entranced! We've seen most of NBoC's full-length classics by now, and this is possibly our favourite. It was just a joy to behold all the dancing and colourful costumes. We enjoyed that there are so many opportunities for the soloists to shine in this production, along with the principals, of course.
When I saw McGee Maddox in Chroma
, I said:
I paid special attention to McGee Maddox, and I found him quite capable, but not overly impressive.
Well, I'm happy to say he completely won me over yesterday with terrific dancing, acting and partnering. He was utterly charming as Basilio. The fake death scene was hilarious, and he and Heather had lovely chemistry. My dad declared him "a star in the making."
Heather was wonderful as always. Seemed to struggle a bit with the balances in the third act (when she's en pointe and then lets go of McGee's hand), but as hard as they try, they can't be perfect every time, and her overall performance was fantastic. She's such a charismatic presence on stage.
Is there a more perfect matador than Patrick Lavoie? I say no! He fit the role to a T and Stephanie Hutchinson shone as his partner. They were a delight. Keiichi Hirano also stood out as the gypsy girl's lover.
I loved the choreography, especially the series of one-handed lifts/balances near the end of (I think?) the first act. I agree with Kate that the second act drags a bit. As lovely as the dream sequence is, it went on too long and feels a bit out of place. I would trim it by a few minutes. Tina Pereira was lovely in it, though. They all were.
I'm disappointed now that they're bringing back Onegin
next week instead of doing the two-week run of Don Q Would have gone to see it again next weekend! (Not that I didn't love O when I saw it last spring, but Don Q was just such a fun and frothy delight.)