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LATE IN THE EVENING: The World According to Paul Simon MusicalFare Theatre/Daemen Collegelpr;d
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May 10, 2019, 23:27
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Through May 26
LATE IN THE EVENING: The World According to Paul Simon MusicalFare Theatre/Daemen College

“Late in the Evening: The World According to Paul Simon” is something of a throwback musical for MusicalFare.
This goes back to the days of the focus on the music of one writer or performer and the cast on staging singing and dancing and I can remember some tuxedoes.
Now, this isn’t bad just because it’s essentially a “jukebox musical” of Paul Simon’s music.
For those below a certain age that’s Simon and Garfunkel (Google it.)
Zak Ward is Duncan, a bearded character who appears as a busker in camo, is the principal performer and music director for the show.
Michael Walline conceived the show and staged it as director and choreographer, with the “artistic collaboration” of Ward.
There’s some really strong dancing in the show, especially Timmy Goodman.
Noah Bielecki is a young boy who gives some money to the busker and what’s on stage turns into singing and dancing versions of Simon’s songs, mostly with Ward singing.
Walline has a strong cast so that the show moves along quickly on Lynne Koscielniak’s moveable set of racks of photographs which trigger Simon songs, mostly with Bielecki bringing them to the busker.
You can read the progression of the show as slowly lifting the curtain on a life, the snapshots of life which show how he went from being a young man looking forward to life to the probably homeless busker scrabbling for a buck.
The set can be moved around to provide a stage, besides Ward sitting on the floor and performing.
The songs roll on, starting with “Kodachrome,” “I Am A Rock,” “You Can Call Me Al”, “Slip Sliding Away” and a lot of others.
It’s a just a succession of songs, a jukebox of an era.
It’s all well done, Ward’s singing with the dancing led by Goodman and real experts like Terrie Ann George, who doesn’t appear enough on local stages.
Just sit back and relax.
“Late in the Evening: The World According to Paul Simon” is a show to enjoy and maybe remember the first time you heard “Graceland.”

A.W.

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