What did we have? The list is long: before the break, Frank Loesser's Overture to Guys and Dolls, Cole Porter's : "Another Opening" from his Kiss Me, Kate; Irving Berlin's" No Business like Show Business" from his Annie, get your Gun; Lerner & Loewe's "I Could have Danced All Night" from their My Fair Lady; Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" from his Wizard of Oz; "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from Stephen Sondheim & Jule Styne's Gypsy; Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern's Show Boat Medley ; Meredith Willson's "76 Trombones" from his The Music Man; John Kander & Fred Ebb's "All that Jazz" from their Chicago; Cole Porter's "You're the Top" from his Anything Goes; George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" from his Girl Crazy. After the break, we had Howard Ashman & Alan Menken's "Be Our Guest" from their Beauty and the Beast; Frank Lehár's "Vilja" from his The Merry Widow; Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty's "Speaking French" from their Lucky Stiff; Lerner & Loewe's Gigi from their musical of the same name; George Gerswin's An American in Paris, Leonard Bernstein's "Glitter and be Gay" from his Candide; Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Bring Him Home", "I dreamed a Dream" and "One Day More" from his Les Miserables, "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Music of the Night" from his The Phantom of the Opera.
For vocalists, we had Christiane Noll, Debbie Gravitte, Doug LaBrecque, Alex Tam, Apollo Wong. The first three came on stage with very professional jazz gestures: flickering of the hands, body swings, shakes, steps and kicks as the occasion required and all in sync with the jerky jazz rhythms. But again, the effect of their sound could have been much better were it not for the total lack of sensitivity of the sound technician or engineer. But despite such handicap, they really knew how to capture our moods and made everything swing and come alive.
And for encore, we had Mama Mia! Everyone seem happy and many joined in singing the closing song. It was an evening of fun.