‘Closer’ Is Modern Life Set To Music

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 1995

Musical preview

“Closer Than Ever” Location and time: The Met, Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15

They just don’t make adult comedies like they used to.

And an adult comedy with music? Forget about it.

But a group of local thespians will change that Saturday night at The Met in a benefit for the Spokane Jazz Society.

“Closer Than Ever” is a musical comedy that deals with the trials and tribulations of four adults trying to come to terms with modern life in big-city America.

“Closer Than Ever” was created by composer David Shire and lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. - the same team that made the hit Broadway show “Babe,” winner of seven Tony nominations - and was originally produced off-Broadway in 1989.

Shire and Maltby use the musical revue format to “present the story of four adults singing through the pain, humor, cynicism, awe and amazement of life in contemporary urban America,” according to a press release.

“Maltby’s witty and perceptive lyrics reveal those feelings and thoughts we hold deep within ourselves - a view of changing relationships, the balance of life’s responsibilities, the transitions of growing older.”

Shire’s score fuses jazz and Broadway-style forms.

“Closer Than Ever” is directed locally by Melody Deatherage, who will also appear in the ensemble cast with Daina Toevs, Mike Hynes and Jack Gaffney, all of whom are wellknown for their work at Spokane Civic Theatre, ACT and other area venues.

They will be accompanied by musicians Michelina Tyrie (piano), Brian Flick (acoustic and electric basses) and Dennis Larson (drums).

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