The new Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre directs, choreographs, acts, sings, and creates
Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Oct. 8
The world premiere of Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker's musical isn't a dog. But even with a top notch cast, expert design work, and Roger Rees directing, it needs to go some to pony up. After 13 years together as screenwriters, Mags and Andy break up. The musical, very slow to start but with a jazzy finishing sprint, answers why. The trouble with the book: the minor characters outshine the leads. Beth Leavel and Neidi Blickenstaff do star-turns that salvage the show. The conflict between Mags and Andy gets spelled out too often. A winning performance by Nichole Parker as Mags (sings up a storm throughout and blazes across the finish line with "Mags Takes Flight") keeps things moving, though what she sees in narcissistic Andy is a puzzle. It wouldn't be if Andy were more sympathetic [note: due to popular demand, the Old Globe has extended the show's run].