I visited the Hedgerow Theatre for the revue All I Ask of You. To be honest, the performance was beyond my expectation in many aspects. The theatre was a redesign out of an abandoned mill and looked a little shabby, but soon after the performance started, the audience get intoxicated by the enchanting melodies of the chosen love songs. A loser stage distance brought the audience much nearer to the singers to experience the songs. After the show, the owners of the theatre farewelled each and everyone of us shaking hands. This warm and touching experience was so much different than those with the under-the-light Broadway shows. And perhaps this was the sole reason that makes me choose to pay for this only one show the amount of money which I could use to purchase all those songs from iTunes and play over and over again.
The performance was composed of two acts, with 23 songs as well as an opening medley, several movie melodies, and extras. I assembled some information for the songs for reference, mostly from Wikipedia. I also created a Youtube playlist for the set of songs.
- Opening Medley
- Gimmie, Gimmie from the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie
- If Ever I Would Leave You from the musical Camelot
- We Kiss in A Shadow from the musical The King and I
- Falling in Love with Love from the musical The Boys from Syracuse
- Some Enchanted Evening from the musical South Pacific
- I Hate Men from the musical Kiss Me, Kate
- People Will Say We’re in Love from the musical Oklahoma!
- Out of My Dreams from the musical Oklahoma!
- Sara Lee from Foghat’s 1972 album Foghat
- Love and Marriage popularized by Frank Sinatra. But trust me, the live duet of this song is better and funnier than any videos I can find on Youtube!
- Movie Medley
- I Could have Danced All Night from the musical My Fair Lady
- Music Man Medley
- I Feel Pretty from the musical West Side Story
- Taylor the Latte Boy. It is said on Wikipedia that “it is best known for being performed by Kristin Chenoweth”, but compared to this video, I believe the local singer had given a much stronger exaggeration in emotion to have achieved a somewhat awesomely hilarious effect.
- Taylor the Latte Boy (Rebuttal). An interesting rebuttal from the standpoint of Taylor, very funny. Unfortunately, there is not a satisfactory verison on Youtube, though many versions exist. This one has most views.
- If I Loved You from the musical Carousel
- I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Misérables (Susan Boyle has rocked the world with this song.)
- Wash That Man from the musical South Pacific
- My Funny Valentine from the musical Babes in Arms
- My Romance from the musical Jumbo
- Think of Me from the musical Phantom of the Opera
- Music of the Night from the musical Phantom of the Opera
- All I Ask of You from the musical Phantom of the Opera
With a special mention, many of the songs were composed by Richard Rodgers, American composer with music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals, and one of the only two EGOT and Pulitzer prize winners. Only until today did I know that so many of my favorites musicals are his work!