With the thespian gods obviously smiling down on its efforts, Musical Theatre Guild recently presented the almost never produced Broadway musical “One Touch of Venus” at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Director Richard Israel and choreographer Karen Nowicki, with a cast of 17 stage and screen veterans managed in only 25 hours of preparation to produce results rivaling productions afforded far longer rehearsal periods. Though the cast carried scripts in hand throughout the show, the universally knockout performances made one completely forget this was a “staged reading”.
Headlining in the title role of the Roman Goddess of Love brought to life from statuary form was the stunningly beautiful Jennifer Shelton. She commanded the stage at every turn, demonstrating a flair for comic timing upstaged only by her sultry and often soaring vocal solos.