Clowes Memorial Hall, March 22.
Outstanding performers, whose superb singing, acting and playing make an ensemble of five and a combo of four feel like a full production, delivered two hours of memorable songs with freshness and verve. Indianapolis native Rita Harvey “fulfilled a dream” from the Clowes stage, where she was a child audience member for the first tour of Annie, by deviating from this show’s script and belting out “Tomorrow” to the delight of family and friends. Berg’s concept works because he’s selectively eclectic. The banter and patter between songs set the mood and showed how much fun the people on stage were having. While multiple favorites could be reported and every number was poignant, the staging, costuming and singing of The Phantom of the Opera was particularly brilliant, and spoofing “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun was sheer delight. The printed program listed the shows that have played at Clowes and a lobby display showcased Clowes posters and displayed annual bound volumes of Starlight Musicals programs. If you missed looking at them, stop by Clowes and inquire about them.