The costumes, lighting and stage may not have been Broadway worthy, but the voices of the students who participated in Chapman on Broadway’s “The Fall Review” impressively carried the show Sunday afternoon. It was enough to pack the Argyros Forum Ballroom and leave only standing room.
Chapman on Broadway, a student-run club, directed, choreographed and performed excerpts from four popular Broadway shows. The 40-member club performed “Evita,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Next to Normal” and Crazy for You.”
Student performers dawned black clothing, each accenting a different color with accessories like blue scarves or white ties, to differentiate between each play. The costumes seemed to lack effort and creativity, and seemed unnecessary to understand and appreciate the musical numbers.
Though the lead singers of each play projected their voices throughout the ballroom rather well, the incessantly loud volume of the keyboard accompaniment distracted from the purity of the voices, often drowning out the lyrics.
The ballroom itself was great for acoustics, yet set an awkward background and a small stage for each performance. Because seating was also all one level, it was difficult to see the performances if you weren’t sitting in the first couple of rows.
However, the club did a nice job incorporating the movement of performers from each side of the room to compensate for the lack of visibility.
Ultimately, the club seemed to do the best it could with little resources. The vocal talents of the students made the show worth while.
“The Fall Review” was a fundraiser for the club’s performance in the spring, which will be held in Memorial Hall.