Next time you find yourself marveling at the singers and dancers in a professional musical theater production, you might stop and remember that talent such as that gets seeded, inspired and developed at gigs like this Metro Parks-sponsored presentation, which features 17 talented local youths from the Art in the Parks Young Performers Program. Carolyn German and Jamie London are the compilers and co-directors of this slickly ambitious revue, which features a wide range of Broadway tunes, from the immediately familiar ("You're the Top," "Don't Rain on My Parade"), to sassy favorites ("West End Avenue" from Stephen Schwartz' The Magic Show, Jerry Herman's "Tap Your Troubles Away") to poignant, lesser-known gems (Jason Robert Brown's "I'm Not Afraid of Anything," "Sidewalk Tree" from Raisin and Kander and Ebb's "First You Dream"). The youngsters range in age from 8 to 18, and there just might be a budding Kristin Chenoweth or Nathan Lane among them. Plus, as a family outing, you can't beat the $5 ticket. Hans Nelson is the musical director providing the fascinatin' rhythms.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 9. Continues through July 18, 2009