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I totally agree with the spirit of this review. I LOVE the musical Once On This Island, first from a friend giving me the music, then from seeing the London production, and again from performing in the Civic multi-racial community version at least a decade ago. This cast certainly did the show justice and I highly recommend this production - only one weekend left.I´m a little confused by a couple of things in the review, though... "Mama Will Provide" is the song where the goddess Asaka, "Mother of the Earth," promises the girl Ti Moune everything she needs for her journey across the island. The "child-leaving-home song" with "a potent emotional connection both with parents reluctant to release their children into the world and with the young adults who can’t wait to gain their release" when "Ti Moune’s mother (Sarah Russell) lets rip with her soaring voice, wrapping us in the promise of maternal love" is a different song, called "Ti Moune." Two very different emotional moods - "Ti Moune" the pain of letting go, "Mama Will Provide" the joy of exploring and learning a new world. And I fear the description of the dancing inadequately conveys the islanders athleticism. The high kicks, jumps, and seemingly-wild abandon is thrilling - and not just from Ti Moune. The storytellers do much more than "turkey-thrust ... clap hands and wiggle their fingers." Anyone can do that, this cast and choreography is much more interesting to watch.
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