Pete ‘n' Keely by James Hindman, with original music by Patrick Brady and lyrics by Mark Waldrop, is a song trip down memory lane and an opportunity for Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) to showcase a pair of wonderful, singing/entertainers, Kristin Huffman and Tony Lawson, who are nicely accompanied by Dan Asher, bass, Chris Johnson, drums and Mark Wolfson, piano.
Under Kevin Connors' direction, MTC’s audience is transported to an imaginary NBC TV studio’s live telecast in 1968. The setting comes complete with a flashing “Applause” sign, several impromptu props, and a clever use of a folding screen that opens to provide additional scenery. The plot concerns a pair of singers who were once a great success until they became divorced and went back to their individual careers. The couple is reunited on this TV broadcast with the original song, “It’s Us Again.” Woven into the plot are solos and duets of original and old-time song favorites: “Lover Come Back,” “Besame Mucho,” “Hey Daddy,” “My Secret Love,” etc.
Flashbacks relive the history of this popular couple from the time they were children. How they ended up touring and quarreling their way across the world provides the opportunity for a dizzying variety of songs and amusing gags. Hindman/Brady/Waldrop’s work sparkles intermittingly during the fast-paced skits.
Huffman and Lawson fit perfectly together. Huffman is very attractive in her lovely gowns and Lawson with his mustache and Tux is as handsome as any male star of that period. They each have strong voices and expressive styling.
This is professional singing done right.
Plays at MTC in Westport through June 13. For tickets call: 203-612-7025.