Friday, March 31, 2017

It's been a while since I've done show reviews at local theater companies (or any of the multitude of tours in town), and I am thrilled to reawaken the beast, so to speak. Last night, I had the opportunity to join a friend at a performance with Brian Porter singing Cabaret tunes at What If?'s theater on Society Street. What commenced was stupendous, and you should go buy tickets right now for tonight's final show.

The venue itself is a beautiful little theater with VIP tables scattered around and covered in white tablecloths with a chilled bottle of champagne begging to be sipped. Comfortable seating lines the walls and offers a nice view of the stage. This evening, an enormous flower arrangement filled with giant pink and white lilies shined like perfect stars in the romantic setting, and lay invitingly across the piano.

The real star then came out, as Brian Porter (known for roles in productions such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, and The Producers) entered with a rousing and flirtatious rendition from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Local pianist, Kevin Thorn, accompanied him through famous show tunes from The Bridges of Madison County, Hamilton, Taboo, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Porter's execution as he dove into each very evocative and provocative song took us on a wild ride, as he conveyed rich emotions ranging from glee to deep sorrow, and even touched on the edge of psychotic during a duet with guest, Brannen Daugherty. Becca Anderson also joined Porter on-stage and sang an unexpected but hilarious new hit with Oh Henry! Porter's ability to transform into each "character" was astounding, and his delivery of each tune was perfect. It comes as no surprise to find out that Porter is one of the most sought after theatrical performers in Charleston. As each guest joined him, their natural chemistry in song poured into the audience's eager ears.

Personally, I would love to see this show again and again, and I would highly recommend that anyone with an interest in show tunes head directly to tonight's show. It's that damn good.

The final show with Brian Porter is this evening at 7:30pm. Individual Tickets are available for $25, Adult Cocktail Tickets include 2 drinks for $35, compliments of Grain and Barrel Spirits. VIP tickets are unfortunately already sold out. You can purchase tickets here.

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