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Sweet Corner Symphony

To those who can hear it, there's music even in the most impoverished circumstances, and that's what Shadow Theatre Company's Jeffrey Nickelson and Hugo Jon Sayles found while looking amidst the poverty, alcoholism, and neglect of their childhood neighborhoods: Behind the cacophony of traffic, kids, dogs, and random acts of violence is a Sweet Corner Symphony.

Near the lamppost at a typical intersection, an evocative dancer (Lea Chapman) is the first indication that there's something special about this particular place. Then, one by one, the locals gather, and the incredible voices begin to sing. Beginning with the phenomenal Ken Parks, who sets the stage with a moving song recounting the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, we are treated to an a cappella musical review of spirituals, work songs, and a slew of hits from the '50's and '60's.

Photo of Vincent Robinson, Ken Parks, Timothy Johnson, Hugo Jon Sayles, and Dwayne Carrington
Vincent Robinson, Ken Parks,
Timothy Johnson, Hugo Jon Sayles,
and Dwayne Carrington
Ed Battle, Vince Robinson, Dwayne Carrington, and Hugo Jon Sayles join in with their own renditions and back-up vocals of favorites that include "Don't Look Back," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Cupid," "Cloud Nine," "People Get Ready," "He Ain't Heavy," "Message from Maria," "Let The Good Times Roll," and "Ain't That News."

Director Nickelson has these guys singing like they've been together for years, and motivates the audience to clap along and celebrate good times and shared memories. The Shadow Theatre Company's original production of Sweet Corner Symphony runs through April 25th. 303-837-9355.

Bob Bows

 

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