Note: Entire Contents Copyright 2017 by Tony Annicone
Bill Whitehead Jr. commands the stage in the role of Toddy. He is on stage for almost 40 minutes in the first act. Bill has some hilarious one liners and displays his strong voice "Paris By Night" and "Trust Me" when he transforms Victoria into Victor. One of his funniest scenes is with King's bodyguard that has to be seen to be believed. Eden Castell is phenomenal as the woman playing a man playing a woman. She gives the role the depth it needs and her voice is astounding. One of her best numbers is "Crazy World" while her "Living in the Shadows" tugs on your heartstrings. The "Le Jazz Hot" is strongly sung by Eden and Taavon Gamble as the Jazz Singer. Chris Swan is dynamic as King Marchan. He excels in both comic and dramatic roles. Chris is fantastic as this gangster who is afraid he is gay because he's attracted to "Victor." His solo is very comical and is called "King's Dilemma" where he's worried about what the Chicago gangsters will say if they found out he's in love with a man. His duet with Eden called "Almost a Love Song" is very poignant and well done with both of them moving in unison up and down a staircase while delivering the song to the audience.
Kristin Wetherington is the biggest scene stealer as Norma. Her dumb blonde character is phenomenally performed and her song "Paris Makes Me Horny" is the funniest number in the show. Kristin's character is reminiscent of Lina Lamont from "Singing in the Rain'' and her second number is a dance called "Chicago, Illinois" where she convinces the gangsters to head back to Paris to take care of the misguided King. Squash is excellently played by Ben Salus. He gives this typical gangster role the clever twist it needs to leave the audience in stitches. Another comic performer is David Groccia as the club owner who keeps getting injured when Victoria sings a high B cracking a glass in his hand. He also falls off a window ledge twice, once struck by lightening and the second when Victoria flashes him. He is one funny bastard. Alison Russo plays the Street singer who sells flowers to Squash while she sings "Paris By Night" and dances up a storm with the other chorus members in the closing "Victor/Victoria" number where the couples unite at last. So for a marvelous performance of this popular movie turned into a musical, be sure to catch "Victor Victoria" for a fun filled evening of entertainment.