July 19-22, 2007.
Footlight Players Theatre
He can sing. He can write and play top-notch music. His lyrics balance LOL irony with the harsh realities of life. He’s Toby Singer, musical director of the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue and writer of songs like “Big Empty Room” and “The STD Song” for his stage musical, South Hall. A thoroughly modern student-led storyline and some killer tunes couldn’t stop South Hall from being a half-assed production, despite competent acting and singing from Patrick Melton, Regan Blum, Tony Nappo, and others. It wasn’t all director David Frederick’s fault — according to Frederick, Singer insisted on casting and narrative choices that made the show hard to follow. It seems that all this blossoming Sondheim needs is a Jerome Robbins to back him up.