Roundabout Theatre's production of 110 in the Shade is Steve Kazee's first time as the original cast of a Broadway show, albeit original revival cast. Still, he gets above the title billing with stage and screen stars Audra McDonald and John Cullum, and we are happy to report, he totally holds his own with them. (Totally? Am I dropping into a Blonde voice here?)
Everyone is in top form in the Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical based on N. Richard Nash's play, The Rainmaker. Kazee plays Starbuck, so his job is to come out exceedingly confident and charismatic and own the stage for most of his scenes, which he does. Kazee's look has changed quite a bit for the role as his strikes a somewhat messianic pose compared the photo to the right. McDonald, by the way, is heaven to hear live, and her acting is quite impressive, and Cullum's role was reminiscent of his Northern Exposure character, Holling Vincoeur.
Read more about Kazee and 110 in next Sunday's Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com.