Verdi Lite

Yes, it's dumbed-down music, but this superb cast will make you forget that

Without those monumental sets, what can Actors' Playhouse in Coral Gables possibly do? Quite a lot, it turns out. For one, it is terrific to experience a musical up-close at the Miracle Theater, a house vastly better suited for singing and acting than that barn named after Jackie Gleason. Bigger is not always better: Verdi's Aidais certainly not at its best in Verona's huge arena, and perhaps the way to discover the virtues of Elton John's Aidais in just such a scaled-down version as this one in the Gables. Especially when, just so we're clear on this, there is no scaling down on talent.

Desmon Walker and Christopher Kent do wonders for Elton John
Desmon Walker and Christopher Kent do wonders for Elton John

Details

Music by Elton John; lyrics by Tim Rice; book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang. Directed by David Arisco. With Christopher A. Kent, Desmon N. Walker, and Melanie Penn. Through April 10. 305-444-9293.
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

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