Without a Song – The Music of the Men That Made Me
Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series
Starring Dustin Cunningham
Musical Direction by Chris Leavy
Winter Park FL
Mr. Cunning ham is a large man with a rather impressive gold sequined jacket and an even more impressive basso-tenor hybrid voice that does justice to the repertory he’s singing for us tonight. His dad loved opera and pop, and it set this man off on his life’s journey of entertaining others. He leans heavily on the classic show tunes “Ona Clear Day” and “If Ever I Was to Leave You” and “Old Man River” set the bar. Other highlights are an expressive “Trouble in River City” and “Some enchanted Evening” and “Soliloquy” from “Carousel.” Self-depreciating humor and the sort of travel horror stories we come to expect from our local star vocalists fill the spaces between songs, and we learn a bit more about opera, the oldest form of Musical theater. Like all good cabarets, we are not only entertained and enlightened, but we see a bit deeper into the magic that makes musical theater so…magical.