FREDDIE FALLS IN LOVE
July 25, 2019
With credits stretching across television and the musical theater community, Al Blackstone reached into his bandwidth of experiences to fashion Freddie Falls in Love, a jaunty dance story at the Joyce Theater.
Blackstone gathered an attractive cast blithely dancing their way through a simple story of love, love lost, lots of pizza, and love found.
The story drops in on a group of friends circling a couple about to be betrothed. But the “happily ever after” doesn’t materialize because the young woman, vividly portrayed by the red-haired Melanie Moore, bolts.
Before departing, Ms. Moore executes a dazzling solo of constant, insistent motion that melds darting steps into breathless turns unfolding into rubbery-back bends. Matt’s devastation triggers the adventure that takes him from America to France and back to hometown USA.
All the dancers assume various characters from goofy friends to a pizza delivery guy and French club host.
There are plenty of congenial performances punctuated by a mid-production dance composed of cool strutting shaped by Jason Williams and Chantelle Good’s breezy confidence.
Central to the production is the soundtrack – a collection of imminently danceable standards from WWII to the 1990’s.
Conversant in all forms of dance, Blackstone is adept at knitting together different styles to spin a tale of emotions pressured through movement.
The simple set design by David Masenheiner recombines cubicles into Lego-like structures that suggested bedrooms, bars, clubs and living rooms.
By the audience’s reaction, Freddie Falls in Love is a fine summer diversion.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis