PHOTO: In Let Me Be Frank Productions’ “Two and a Half Belgians” are, from left, David Gusloff, Pat Hibbard, Tom Verbrick, Dennis Panneck, Frank Hermans, Adam Cain, Amy Riemer, Lisa Borley, Kasey Corrado and Tony Pilz.
The show playing through Feb. 22 at the
We now get to this:
Pat Hibbard as #1 and bass guitar, Frank Hermans as #2½, Tom Verbrick as #3; David Gusloff as #4, Amy Riemer as Amy Wrigley, Lisa Borley as Lisa Halas and Kasey Corrado as Kasey McCaskey. The band: Dennis Panneck, guitars; Tony Pilz, keyboards, and Adam Cain, drums. Sound: Tim Funk.
The set is a little Frosty Tip stand with serving tables with a big backdrop of water, a horizon and a cloud-filled sky that looks a lot like the
A Frank’s story always is an excuse to fit songs of an era to what’s going on. This time, the ’60s serve up a rich array.
“A Day in the Life” (Beatles), David Gusloff, Frank Hermans, Pat Hibbard
“Red Rubber Ball,” Tom Verbrick
“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby,” Amy Riemer, David Gusloff
“Guy (Girl) from Ipanema,” Lisa Borley
“Kicks,” Pat Hibbard
“It Must Be Him,” Amy Riemer
“How Can I Be Sure,” Frank Hermans
“You Were on My Mind,” Kasey Corrado
“Rescue Me,” Amy Riemer, Kasey Corrado, Lisa Borley
“Mrs. Robinson,” David Gusloff, Frank Hermans
“Different Drum,” Lisa Borley
“It’s Love That Makes a Woman,” Amy Riemer
“This Girl’s in Love with You,” Kasey Corrado
“Eleanor Rigby,” David Gusloff
“Black is Black,” Frank Hermans
“Time is on My Side,” Lisa Borley
“Cinnamon,” Pat Hibbard
To me, the oddball in the offerings is “
Many of the offerings are tremendous. The R&B soundscape of Amy Riemer is awesome. Lisa Borley soars. Frank Hermans has ringing zip. The Beatles songs are nailed, with “A Day in the Life” a fantastic opener by David Gusloff, Frank Hermans and Pat Hibbard. “Mrs. Robinson” becomes a comical, clowning playground for David Gusloff and Frank Hermans. There’s fun in Tom Verbrick’s “Red Rubber Ball” and stand-and-deliver sensitivity in Kasey Corrado’s “This Girl’s in Love with You.”
Among the bits of fun infused in the story is the connection of the girls to Da Bears. That sets up some Packers-Bears give and take.
This show (4½ stars out of 5) starts the 15th year for Let Me Be Frank Productions, which began as Frank’s Dinner Theatre at the former Sports Corner in De Pere. The troupe has its own take on musical theater. It seems to work.
THE VENUE: The
THE PEOPLE: Robert Meyer was president and chief executive officer of Tape Inc. of
REST OF SEASON: “Beauty and the Beaver,” April 4-26; “Golden Bowl: Mixed Couples,” June 6-21; “
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