Children’s musical theater is alive and well, and indeed thriving and growing, as evidenced by Joanne Mosconi’s production of Hollywood’s Got Talent, recently showcased at the Magic Mirror Theatre in NoHo. As a vibrant, beautiful young actress/vocalist in progress introduced the show, she encouraged the enthusiastic audience of parents, supporters, and theater community to “Smile, smile, smile!” and cheer on the ensemble of wonderful, amazing talent.
Each and every performer, with monologues, solo vocals, duets, and dance, lit up the faces and brightened the day of the audience in attendance. Pieces were selected from a range of work, including Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” to Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, and the classic Les Miserables. The success of this show and the audience’s reaction is a clear indicator of each young performer’s future success in this exciting industry.
Directed and produced by Mosconi, and a tribute to honor the strong warrior Elizabeth Barnett, Hollywood’s Got Talent is “reality TV for the stage,” a cabaret style song and dance musical revue, featuring some of Hollywood’s most creative and dynamic kids, singing their hearts out, clearly revealing their passion for their craft of choice. A major component of the show was short monologues on various relevant themes to youth today, i.e. teenage crushes; bullying; and the basic longing for friendship and acceptance. What impressed me most about this production is the producer/director’s vision to ignite a passion for theater in these young people, a spark ignited to last a lifetime.
The show reveals the abundant energy and creativity emanating from a group of children and teens, brimming with talent, a bit reminiscent of the enthusiasm of the ensemble of Glee; and the young Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland’s goal of “let’s put on a show!” Hollywood’s Got Talent is quite a phenomenon, and is sure to resonate and strike a favorable chord with its audience.
Hollywood’s Got Talent played at the Magic Mirror Theater located at 4934 Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo. For other show dates, visit www.magicmirrortheater.com.