A lighthearted look at songs and entertainers from the early twentieth century, “Vaudeville Lives” showcases the talents of Sharon Evans and Rick Rogers as they salute the headliners of vaudeville.
Singing and dancing comical ditties in medleys as a duo, or performing songs on their own, both performers demonstrate a strong love and understanding of the period.
Rogers, the high energy half of the couple, performs medleys of Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor songs in character, along with often cracking jokes by mimicking other performers of the period.
Evans, possessing a trained contralto voice, expressively sings emotional torch songs.
Music Director Dan Weinstein does a great job holding everything together with his strong touch, and the musicians really jazz it up.
The show often experienced technical problems, however, with the microphone making the sound often muddy or tinny. The special act, magician Sheyn Fargesn, seemed a little off too; flat, not sure of his timing.
Evans and Rogers state that their mission is to present family entertainment and vaudeville as living history. Their show features clean, corny humor, but could use a little more explanation and description of songs and composers for young audiences.
An entertaining show full of humor and good songs, “Vaudeville Lives” is fun for the whole family.
“Vaudeville Lives” starring Evans and Rogers occurred Friday, April 24 at 8pm at the Mayflower Club (11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood 91601). The next performance is Friday, May 22. Tickets cost $20.