Why Do The Wrong People Travel?

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?
Spotlight Cabaret with Bert Rodriguez
Musical Direction by Chris Leavy
Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park FL

Bert Rodriguez: a man with a plaid yoke shirt, a hipster hat, and tenor voice from heaven. His opening number sets the tone for the show, but after he sings “Why Do the Wrong People Travel?” he basically answers the question with “Maybe I’M the wrong guy to travel”. Rodriguez’s voice is great but his travel stories are even better, he’s not one to let a good tale sink in the ocean. There’s the time he was mistaken for a multiple felon with the same name as he tried to cross into Canada, getting thrown in a jail cell in New Orleans and bringing drunks to tears with gospel music, and a classic cruise from hell story. Musically, he scatted over “Lida Rose” and “Amazing Grace” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” He even arranged a chorus, that’s David Kotary, Ashley Arnold and Gina Varchetto. That’s a little over produced for a cabaret, but hey, this is Winter Park Playhouse, home of wobbly sets and soaring voices. Mr. Rodriguez has had a blessed career as a performer, he was hired at his very first audition and he’s done long term work on tours in parks and all the other entertainment dream jobs in this town. Mr. Rodriguez may not be the tallest man in the show, but he often has the biggest voice.

For more information on Winter Park Playhouse, please visit http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

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