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Backstage Review

By: John Hoglund
BACKSTAGE
September 25, 2005

Reagan Stone proved herself to be a serious find in the early stages of her career. She's an expressive vocal technician with perfect phrasing and is clearly from the Barbara Cook school of vocal and lyric technique. In her recent show at the Encore, "Somethin's Comin' (Y'All)," with David Brunetti as musical director and direction by Scott Barnes, she got it all right. She was sassy, funny, dramatic, sexy, and totally likeable.

Oh, and she's nine months pregnant. She offered a show about her forthcoming child. While some of it was predictable, she was so bubbly in her approach to singing and patter that it all turned into a real winner and an exciting beginning for this lady. Everything about her is joyous and the audience had a good time.

In a flowing green gown, she set the tone of informality and fun. The material reflected her musical theatre roots, plus a bit of country and pop. With a deft comedic flair, Stone engaged the room in an hour worthy of a major star. She's that good.

The North Carolina native was tender and sensitive on several medleys about babies, including an intricate fusion of "Summertime" (George Gershwin-DuBose Heyward) with "Baby Mine" (Frank Churchill-Ned Washington) that was soulful. The revelation of her show was the debut of "Lullabys" by Christopher Marlowe--such expressive words and music from a master musician known for his outstanding work as a musical director. Her driven reading of "The Story Goes On" (Richard Maltby, Jr.-David Shire) from "Baby" closed a potent show by one of today's rising cabaret stars.