Musical Comedy 'Can-Can' Opens

Published: Friday, September 7, 2012 7:00 am By: Jerry Eimbinder Source: The Patch

When Cole Porter's Can-Can opened on Broadway in 1953, accolades were bestowed by the New York theater critics on Gwen Verdon (who played the dancer Claudine) and choreographer Michael Kidd (both received Tony awards). Dance, observed The New York Times in its review of the show, was the compelling reason to see Can-Can.

Fifty-nine years later, another reason emerges. In the current Westchester Broadway Theatre production of Can-Can, a brilliant comedic contribution by Patrick Richwood as sculptor Boris Adzinidzinadze wows the theater goers.

He is so roll-in-the-aisle funny as he delivers Abe Burrows' dialogue, you know he could have been huge in the Catskills' Borscht Belt days.

No disrespect intended of course for the lovely Glory Crampton whose beautiful voice has been heard many time before in WBT musicals. She is charming here as cafe owner La Mome Pistache, Tony Lawson shines as self-rightious judge Aristide Forestier, and the rest of the cast abounds with high-level energy.

Lauralyn McClelland plays Claudine, Charles West appears as Hilaire and William McCauley as Paul. Hercule is played by Michael Linden, Etienne by Joshua Phan-Gruber and Todd MacIntyre by Theophile.

Actor/comedian Hans Conried, Jr. played Boris in the original Broadway production which opened in 1953 at the Shubert Theatre.

Patrick Richwood keeps the audience laughing between appearances of the high-kicking Can-Can chorus line dancers.
Richwood played the night-time elevator operator in director Gary Marshall's 1990 film Pretty Woman, staring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

The musical will be performed at the Elmsford theater through October 12, 2012.