Pete ‘n’ Keely is a rather gentle show and Matthew Gould’s production here possesses a warmly nostalgic glow that is well essayed by performers David Bardsley and Katie Kerr.
For the Q&A after Saturday’s matinee of Pete ‘n’ Keely, I was joined by director Matthew Gould, and stars David Bardsley and Katie Kerr. How much more work is a two-hander for the actors?
It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double-edged.
Can I start with a confession? I never really “got” Titanic… Sure, Maury Yeston’s music and Peter Stone’s book had the requisite bombast, but I’d never seen much evidence of the heart. Leave it to Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento to prove me wrong again, as they did with Grand Hotel last year… Maybe next time I’ll have learned my lesson!