Being an audience member isn’t just a passive process of watching and absorbing. It requires engagement.
Ian Pike 9 a.m., May 4
Composer Henry Krieger and librettist/lyricist Bill Russell haven't re-imagined their 1997 musical about sisters conjoined at the hip, as promised. They've de-imagined it. Daisy and Violet Hilton became vaudeville celebrities during the Depression. Their story has sweeping highs and seemingly bottomless lows. The new version levels everything off with a Hallmark card approach: no shading or subtlety, aching predictability, and complications of any sort be damned. Krieger's score has several memorable songs. As the sisters, Emily Padgett (Daisy) and Erin Davie (Violet) sing and dance expertly, be it touching duets or the vaudevillian, "team tennis" number. Now if the book would only give them something more substantial to play.