THE SCREENING ROOM: Broadway Loves the Spice Girls, With Jenna Leigh Green, Kara Lindsay, Ariana DeBose and More
11 Feb 2014
Jenna Leigh Green
The New York City return of Broadway Loves the Spice Girls, a celebration of the pop group whose hits included "Wannabe," "Spice Up Your Life," "Stop" and "2 Become 1," was presented at 54 Below Jan. 13. Here are highlights from the evening.
Directed by Kyle Fox with music direction by Benjamin Rauhala, the concert was produced by Shoshana Feinstein.
The band featured David Cinquegrana on guitar, Shannon Ford on drums, Gene Rauhala and John Perko on trumpet, Eric Schedin on trombone, Andrew Halchak on woodwinds and music director Benjamin Rauhala on keyboards. Back-up vocals were provided by Lacey Angerosa, Michael Gioia and Jillian Soares.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.