"Three and a half stars
Indianapolis Men’s Chorus; American Cabaret Theatre; June 9-10
Visually exciting and aurally pleasing, this closing concert of the IMC’s 17th season featured members of the dance troupe IndyVisible and the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in a thematic sweep of 20th century Broadway show tunes. The outstanding arrangements by Patrick Sinozich, artistic director of Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, showcase the 40 members in a unified voice akin to Tabernacle Choir and Fred Waring. Their musical choices demonstrate who they are emotionally as individuals and as a group, from “Gee But It’s Good to Be Here” from Happy Hunting, to “Family” from Dreamgirls. Equally strong are R. Ryan Endris’ arrangements, interim artistic director for the Indianapolis group, along with arrangements by David Lehman and Dennis Coleman. The Indy Chorus features parts singing with soloists and ensembles. Both groups paid tribute to the 100th birthday of Cole Porter. Throughout, the choreography and singing sparkled, with special mention for Oklahoma! and Chorus Line. The band delivered masterfully with noteworthy coloration and solos. Indy Chorus accompanist Greg Sanders provided a lush piano prelude for West Side Story and Chicago Chorus accompanist Paul Blievernicht was nimble despite an initial loss of lighting.