Death Takes A Holiday At the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
The cast features
- Peter Saide (Death/Prince Nikolai Sirki)
- Kristen Hahn (Grazia Lamberti)
- Mark Rubald (Duke Vittorio Lamberti)
- Megan Van De Hey (Duchess Stephanie Lamberti)
- Benjamin Wood (Corrado Danielli)
- Erica Sarzin-Borrillo (Countess Evangelina Di San Danielli)
- James Van Treuren (Baron Dario Albione)
- Emily Van Fleet (Alice Lamberti)
- Andrew Diessner (Major Eric Fenton)
- Tessa Elyse (Daisy Fenton)
- Gregory Price (Fidele)
- Chelsea Soto (Sophia)
- Paul Curran (Lorenzo)
- Barb Reeves (Cora)
The Story may be familiar.
Death wants to understand why people fear him so he decides to spend a weekend among the living. The story has been a film with Fredric March, and early 70's TV movie with Bert Convey, and the 1998 Brad Pitt adaptation Meet Joe Black
This musical adaptation is set up by the Arvada Center this way. "After sparing a young woman who is in a fatal car crash, Death returns to walk among the living, hoping to understand why he chose to save her."
This could bee seen as a supernatural romance, a melodrama, or even a comedy in the vein of the 1937 film Topper.
This production successfully focuses on the music. The songs are beautifully sung. I appreciate a wide variety of musical theater styles, including mixing in rock, hip-hop, and contemporary music, and it's still a joy to hear well trained "legit" voices. If you enjoy the traditional musical theater sound, you won't be disappointed in this cast.