The Emmy Award Winning and Tony nominated actress Penny Fuller turned in a masterful performance in 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti , the new Barry Kleinbort musical based on a play, Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher, which was a trilogy reflecting on love and loss that was presented Off-Broadway in the 1950s. Kleinbort’s smart musical has made an impressive New York City debut at 59E59 Theaters where the cabaret style show filled the house with celebrities nightly from December 4th through December 30. The old chestnut of a story is now supported elegantly by Kleinbort’s lovely music and clever lyrics covering several genres in style.
The immensely gifted Fuller embarking on a cabaret career following her acclaimed work on Broadway and in Television, immerses herself into the character’s plight with engaging charm and grace often delving into the songs so beautifully that they feel like moments lost in thought…disengaged from the current moment of life.
The poignant tale, directed by Kleinbort as well, with Musical Direction by Paul Greenwood, develops rather quickly when the newly widowed Virginia Carpolotti, played by Fuller, gets some shocking news, her recently deceased husband has left her deeply in dept. As the creditors keep coming from all directions the overwhelmed Virginia is left with little but her beloved home Bray Barton, and an oddly comforting habit of humming when she feels inundated with unsettling information. When things look bleakest Virginia gets yet another disturbing note shoved under her door, which becomes the catalyst for a surprising turn of events delivered with heat-warming panache. Penny Fuller shines in the off-beat 60 minute musical about a love that reaches from beyond the grave.
There is a hot buzz that Harbinger Records and Jamie deRoy, who produced the evening in association with The Acting Company, will bring the show to a fresh venue. 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti was originally developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret and Performance Conference this past summer.
Photography: Barry Gordin
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