Although the show is overstuffed with story, song and dance and is almost too much of a good thing, I was surprised to find myself very touched by the story and had tears in my eyes no less than four times during the second act. It is also in Act Two that the creators stop the show cold by providing the four leading ladies with a tour de force arrangement of "Stormy Weather" and "The Man That Got Away". To see and hear four divas simply standing and wailing those classic songs in four part harmony and over several key changes is quite an experience.
So, now I have my demo album of the score featuring a studio cast including Carolee Carmello, Gavin Creel, Anika Noni Rose, Mary Bond Davis and Lauren Kennedy, and today's presentation was so polished the show could open on Broadway as is tomorrow. I mean, Vivian Reed had, like, six costume changes!! I hope they find the big money to bring the show to New York after all their hard work. Like BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR for me, it could well be someone's happy first memory.