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American Musicals

Emily Loesser in Opera Omaha's 'So In Love With Broadway' tribute to Frank Loesser

The hero of the evening was baritone Christopher Burchett, who substituted at the last minute for an ailing Ron Raines. Burchett arrived in Omaha late Tuesday night and learned the two-hour show in just two days. You would have thought he'd been living with it for months.

He sang “My Time of Day” from Loesser's “Guys and Dolls” with a burnished voice and unfailing sensitivity. His rendition of Loesser's “Luck Be a Lady” was intense and insistent.

Karen Ziemba, a Tony Award-winning soprano, was the star female vocalist of the evening, singing “Don't Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl” with equal parts passion and attitude.

The star male vocalist was John Bolton, whose large vocal range and equally large personality allowed him to dominate the stage all evening. His humor came to the fore in “She Loves Me,” a sweet little song about a girl who doesn't know she loves her guy yet. He showed his vast vocal range in “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle,” which he ended with a vaporous falsetto.

Emily Loesser, the composer's daughter, is also a fine singer and actress, and she performed “Baby, It's Cold Outside” and many of her father's other tunes with immediacy and deep feeling.


Read the entire review in the Omaha World-Herald