JMTC presents Love in the Afternoon
Michael Reckord, Gleaner Writer
The recent Love in the Afternoon event, staged at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, St Andrew, was the second in the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company's (JMTC) 2014-2015 In Concert series. Featured were some of Jamaica's most popular concert singers, including Carole Reid (who produced the show), Cecil Cooper, John McFarlane, and David Reid.
There were a number of other performers as well. Tiffani Robinson amused the audience with a number of poems by Easton Lee from his book From Behind the Counter.
One of the early singers was soprano Karla Tulloch, whose first number, I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, was quite moving. However, it was not as powerful as her second, Alicia Keys' We Are Here, a heartfelt cry for peace and unity in the world.
Tulloch was followed by two tenors. The first was Cooper with a strong, thrilling rendition of the Parsons/Turner/Chaplin hit Eternally. He was followed by David Reid, whose textured delivery of Cole Porter's Night and Day was so professional that it elicited enthusiastic applause from the audience and, later in the show, an admiring comment from a fellow singer.
Soprano Carole Reid's I Could Have Danced All Night was full of feeling and McFarlane showed that he can play the guitar as well as sing, when he performed Love Me Tender.
Part one of the concert ended appropriately on a high, with Carole Reid joining contralto Dawn Fuller-Philips and tenor Carl Bliss for a medley of lively folk songs.
After the intermission, all the singers returned with crowd-pleasing numbers, sometimes singing solo, and at other times in duets or trios. One of the best-loved combinations was a 'three Jamaican tenors' grouping consisting of Reid, Cooper and McFarlane. They sang John Denver's Perhaps Love and The Impossible Dream from The Man of la Mancha.
In addition to the experienced performers, there were four high-school age musicians on the show, playing violin, drums, steelpan and bass guitar.
Pianists Marjorie Whylie and Kamla Hamilton were the concert's sensitive accompanists, while Jeff Cobham was a suave and informative compere.
The JMTC will be back at Alhambra Inn on March 1 for the third JMTC concert in this year's series.