Telluride thespians David Brubacher, Patrick Healy, Jesse Martin, Jade Graham, Traci Baize and Maddie Fansler sing this story told in song about that covers everything from falling in love to midlife crisis to second marriages, parent-children role reversals, aging, working and unrequited love.
The musical, written by the team of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, won Best Off-Broadway Musical in 1989.
Maltby and Shire, whose first-ever collaboration was Starting Here, Starting Now, have created to other chestnuts like the Broadway hit Baby; The Bear, the Tiger, the Hamster and the Mole; and Urban Blight; Maltby gave Broadway the Fats Waller musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’; between them, hey have written soundtracks for Hollywood films including Return to Oz; Short Circuit, and 2010.
Closer opened in New York City at the Cherry Lane Theatre, only to be praised the next day by New York Daily News theatre critic Howard Kissel praising it as “probably the best musical we’ll see this season. There is more genuine drama in each Maltby and Shire song than in the entirety of most of the bloated spectacles that now pass for Broadway musicals.” AP’s Michael Kuchwara dubbed it “one of the finest scores of the year” and “an exhilarating musical review that reaffirms one’s belief that the American musical theatre isn’t dead yet.” And The New Yorker’s Edith Oliver ADIS: “Nothing but praise for Closer Than Ever.”
So run, don’t walk, to see the hardworking local cast sing this landmark musical show in the Gallery Room of the Sheridan Opera House at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday; a $15 donation is suggested. To reserve seats, call 728-4539.