Silk Road Cabaret Broadway Sings the Silk Road

Conceived and Curated by Jamik KhouryCabaret260w

Directed by Elizabeth Margolius

Musical Direction by Gary Powell

Produced by Silk Road Theatre Project

At the Chicago Temple Building

Silk Road cultures interplay in Broadway tunes through cabaret revue

The creative mind of Silk Road Theatre Project’s Jamil Khoury has produced a terrific new cabaret revue featuring songs from Broadway depicting the culture clash of East-West. Featuring a seven person diverse cast of Chicago talents, Silk Road Cabaret is a brilliant concept that utilizes a blend of fabulous Broadway tunes with personal anecdotes from the cast about growing up in America as first generation Silk Road folks.

The three stages on the intimate table/chair setting at the Chicago Temple brings audiences close to the cast as they weave their stories with a excellent selection of show tunes selected by Jamil Khoury. Lead by Joseph Anthony Foronda, the cast includes Christine Bunuan, Dipika Cherala, Katherine L. Condit, Erik Kaiko, Govind Kumar and David Rhee.  This group under the creative musical direction of Gary Powell and the smart direction from Elizabeth Margolius have delivered a most entertaining 80 minute cabaret revue. This refreshing show delights as it is sung marvelously as it contains an honest respect for the material.

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With songs like “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” (South Pacific), “On A Slow Boat to China (Frank Loesser), to “Are You sure You Want to be Famous” (Bombay Dreams), to “Bali Hai” (South Pacific) and “Stranger in Paradise” (Kismet)—the revue is both playful and ironic in its depiction of Silk Road persona. Pacifi Overtures, Chess, The King and I, Zorba, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and  Milk and Honey offer tunes that the cast sang with heart. Joseph Foronda’s slick rendition of “The American Dream” (Miss Saigon) was the highlight of the show. Each of the talent stepped up to showcase their vocal chops.

The concept works as one of the most refreshing cabaret revues I’ve seen in years. This cabaret show needs to be remounted at an established cabaret venue such as Drury Lane Water Tower since it is a new concept with terrific songs expertly sung and smartly staged. This innovative show stretches cabaret in new directions that need to be explored. Kudos to Jamil Khoury. Hurry, there are only have 6 more performances.

Highly Recommended

Tom Williams

At the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago, IL, Call 312-857-1234, www.srtp.org, tickets $30, Wednesday thur Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 4 & 8 pm, Sunday at 4 pm, running time is 80 minutes without intermission, though November 1, 2009

Editor’s Note: To fully appreciate this revue , here is the complete song list:

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BROADWAY SINGS THE SILK ROAD

Song List

You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught – Govind Kumar

From the musical South Pacific (1949)

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Next – Ensemble

From the musical Pacific Overtures (1976)

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Statues and Stories – Christine Bunuan and Katherine L. Condit

From the musical The Light in the Piazza (2005)

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

On a Slow Boat to China (1948) – Joseph Anthony Foronda, Erik Kaiko, Govind Kumar, and David Rhee

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Are You Sure You Want to be Famous – Dipika Cherala

From the musical Bombay Dreams (2002)

Music by A R Rahman, Lyrics by Don Black

Imelda Marcos Shoes Mystique – Ensemble

From the musical Imelda (2005)

Music by Nathan Wang, Lyrics by Aaron Coleman

Bali Hai – Ensemble

From the musical South Pacific (1949)

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Something Wonderful – Christine Bunuan

From the musical The King and I (1951)

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Stranger in Paradise – David Rhee

From the musical Kismet (1953)

Music by Alexander Borodin, Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forest

Be Italian – Ensemble

From the musical Nine (1982)

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Here Be Oysters – Joseph Anthony Foronda

From the musical Chu Chin Chow (1916)

Music by Frederic Norton, Lyrics by Oscar Asche

Three Little Maids – Christine Bunuan, Dipika Cherala, and Katherine L. Condit

From the musical Hot Mikado (1986)

Music adapted by Rob Bowman, Lyrics adapted by David H. Bell, based on The Mikado (1885) by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

One Night in Bangkok – Ensemble

From the musical Chess (1986)

Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice

Surpanaka’s Tango – Dipika Cherala

From the musical Sita Ram (2006)

Music and Lyrics by David Kersnar and Jai Uttal

I Enjoy Being A Girl – Christine Bunuan

From the musical Flower Drum Song (1958)

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Turn Back, O Man – Katherine L. Condit

From the musical Godspell (1971)

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Bui Doi – Erik Kaiko

From the musical Miss Saigon (1989)

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.

A Step Too Far – Christine Bunuan, Dipika Cherala, and David Rhee

From the musical Aida (2000)

Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice

Not Since Ninevah – Ensemble

From the musical Kismet (1953)

Music by Alexander Borodin, Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forest

Bring All the Boys Back Home – Erik Kaiko and Govind Kumar

From the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona (1971)

Music by Galt MacDermot, Lyrics by John Guare

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (1953) – Ensemble

Music by Nat Simon, Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy

Life Is – Katherine L. Condit

From the musical Zorba (1968)

Music by John Knader, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

The American Dream – Joseph Anthony Foronda

From the musical Miss Saigon (1989)

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.

Could We Start Again Please – Ensemble

From the musical Jesus Christ Superstar (1971)

Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Lyrics by Tim Rice

Encore

Shalom – Ensemble

From the musical Milk and Honey (1961)

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman