“You Just Stepped Out of a Dream” features no less than 34 beauties in purple gowns and headdresses, serenaded by three gentlemen, along with the 28-member Friendship Chorale, The Friendship Tappers and Ballroom Dancers, and the Center’s Second Wind Harmonica Players. In the Ziegfeld tradition, there will be just one ballerina --Karen Silver Kirschner, daughter of Friendship Theatre Founder Irene Silver Stender.
The evening’s extravaganza is directed by Michael Edlestein, leader of the popular and powerful Friendship Chorale. Assistant Director is Irene Stender, herself a child star on Broadway. Michael McMannus, another alum of the Broadway stage, leads the Friendship Tappers. Leading the ballroom dancers is instructor Barbara Gaugush who teaches Ballroom Dancing at the Center with Zach Zakaria. Members of the Second Wind Harmonica Players, led by Carol Pettengill complete the ensemble. Gorgeous sets have been designed by Mike Rizzo.
The show features familiar tunes like “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “The Way You Look Tonight, “Get Happy, “Summertime,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and more, along with comedy sketches ala Sophie Tucker, and Phyllis Diller, and even a female take off on Ziegfeld’s popular “Gallagher and Shean.”
“A Night at the Follies on April 11 at the Friendship Center 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 941.955.2122 for information.