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posted Friday, December 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 52
New Voices 12 at ACT presented a fresh batch of standout talent
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New Voices 12 at ACT presented a fresh batch of standout talent

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

New Voices 12
December 26
ACT Theatre


The winter edition of New Voices (the amazing cabaret of fantastic musical theater singers presenting new songs by new writers) started off with 'Mrs. Sharp,' a creepy/funny song by five young men: Mike Spee, Jordon Bolden, Kody Bringman, Patrick Baxter, and Jared Rein. Apparently, Ryan Scott Oliver is writing a new musical based on the Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau saga (remember the 34-year-old teacher falling in love with a sixth-grader?)! He's calling it Mrs. Sharp.

The host of the evening, Brandon Ivie, is the young musical theater guru who seems to know everyone who is writing anything new in musicals anywhere in the country. He reports that he spends hours trolling the internet looking for musicals and songs, and the mix of the evening always includes some absurdly weird and funny songs sprinkled among the belting and the soulful tear-jerkers.

Having creeped everyone out, the evening continued with 'Don't Say Another Word' by Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham, sung by one-to-watch Diana Huey. Huey has been busy starring in Village Theatre's Take Me, America, and just had a fun role on television's Leverage, getting bitch-slapped by a series regular. Next up, she's starring in Balagan Theatre's short run of Spring Awakening in ACT Theatre's new stage space in January - it's only two weekends, starting January 6, so you might want to get this on your calendar now. She's a tiny package of big talent.

Vicki Noon, now starring in Annie Get Your Gun at Village, reprised a song from a kick-ass summer workshop there of Lizzie Borden, a rock opera by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner about the historical reasons why Lizzie might have been forced to kill her father. 'This Is Not Love' is a song that hints at the wrong kind of parental attention. Noon made everyone feel the anguish of the character.

Ryah Nixon performed an energetic song 'Fall to Life' from the musical Writing Arthur. Nixon had a great year in 2011, spending much of it on tour in Nine to Five, understudying and performing as the Dolly Parton role. The writer David A. Austin is back in Seattle for a while, and laughingly helped clarify that the plot didn't go where it used to go, which kind of changed the meaning of the song.

The evening included a lot of laughter, like when funny-woman favorite Kate Jaeger sang '(My Vagina's Not) The Highway to My Heart' by Derek Gregor and Sam Carner; Kirsten deLohr Helland sang 'Secretly Hoping,' about a woman who loves Gay men, by Michael R. Jackson; and Josh Carter, most recently in the powerful drama Mary Stuart, yukked it up with a song about getting attracted to women who were 'Savin' it for Jesus,' also by Gregor and Carner.

Emotional ballads from Heath Saunders (currently on stage in Cinderella), Jennifer Paz (starring as Cinderella), an intricate, you-did-me-wrong melody from Billie Wildrick, and a heart-tugging plea ('Stay' by Katie Thompson) from Andi Alhadeff continued the evening.

A couple of standouts in an evening of great songs were the energetic, gawky, dance-happy Bill Williams with backup from Jessica Low, Erin Sprow, and Lindsey Hedberg, singing 'Honey' by Joe Iconis, and a haunting reprise of this summer's dark musical world premiere by Village of Cloaked by Michelle Elliott and Danny Larsen. Hedberg played a young, overweight girl named November who trolled the internet looking for love and is assigned a psychiatrist, played by Frances Leah King.

Hedberg and King sang part of a duet, 'If I Say,' reminding everyone of their excellent performances. Then King sang the most powerful song from the musical and a song that touches anyone who has felt unloved, 'Canyon,' about having an unfillable place in her heart. It was a moment of pure master-class musical performance. King just showed all those up-and-comers how to tell the story with her voice.

New Voices has typically been performed once each winter and summer, but Ivie has moved his home base to New York City. While he has been here for a long chunk working on Saving Aimee and directing Cinderella, we might not be able to count on as regular a schedule in the future. You can keep an eye on Brandon Ivie's Facebook page (he's that cyber-connected type) to know if he'll get here this summer to make it happen!

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