SOUND TRACKS, MERRILY SUNG
Local cabaret group At the Movies plays songs from the flicks of yore.
December 17, 2003
The Improper Bostonian
You’re constrained from croony swooning and dancing around the cinema when a movie contains a delicious song. But you can emote all you want to Reel One, the CD by local cabaret revue At the Movies. The group, comprising Will McMillan, Brian Patton, Michael Ricca and Nina Vansuch, reprises songs from the most Technicolor-sweet movies of the 1950s and ’60s, as well as a few newer ones. “Secret Love” and “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” for instance, are given a revue-style swooping energy and cheerfulness by these three guys and a girl. One riotous number begins with Vansuch vocalizing the theme from “A Summer Place” (which starred Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue) until a voice whispers “Troy is gay.” Vansuch’s perky, surprised “Oh!” becomes the segue into the guys’ queer version of “Where the Boys Are.” Carly Simon’s “Coming Around Again” (originally written for the Jack Nicholson movie Heartburn) is wistful and intense in this rendition. Sophistication reigns in most of the numbers, as if they’re being sung at a hatbox-sized nightclub. Then the group turns on a dime and does a ditty from the TV show Animaniacs about Variety’s fast-talking, breezily abbreviated language of show-biz. The group’s live performance also includes its take on more recent tunes from the likes of South Park.