Northwest NEWS

January 22,2001

Features

'Swing!' jumps and jives with high-octane energy

by Deborah Stone
   "Swing!," the Tony Award nominated show, currently on stage at the Paramount Theatre, is a celebration of the music and dance phenomenon that swept the country in the '30s and '40s.
   It's an exhilarating production that jumps, jives and wails with high-octane energy. This all-singing, all-dancing revue features a mix of new and classic songs and over 30 sensational dance numbers, full of romance, nostalgia and humor.
   Memorable Swing tunes such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sing, Sing, Sing!," "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Blues in the Night" are belted out by an ensemble of four highly talented vocalists (Ann Crumb, Alan Green, Charlie Marcus and Sarah Jane Nelson).
   Accompanied by a tight, hard-edged onstage band, the dancers and singers burn the house down and leave the audience gasping for air, demanding more of this adrenaline rush.
   The show crosses ethnic and cultural barriers and is a winning masterpiece with some of the best dancing in years, done by a group of dancers who never miss a beat while performing an intricate and dizzy combination of spins, kicks and twirls.
   This show hits one high after another and is a razzle-dazzle evening of quality entertainment.
   "Swing" ended its Seattle run on Sunday, Jan. 21.