PMT Production closed their final performance of "Midtown Live" Saturday night with an open after party for all in attendance at the Alley Kat & Bar Lounge. Audiences had the chance to mix with the cast as they celebrated the success of finishing their first ever production.
Pitch Me This (PMT) Productions has only been around since March of this year. Eduardo Guzman, founder and musical director, finally made his company a reality. Other staff members include Kyle Crawford, who handles auditions and casting, and Sarah Patterson, who handles marketing and communication, both of whom perform as well. Together this staff put together the cast that became "Midtown Live". Earlier this month, the company had a successful media preview with their unique summer concert series called "Midtown Live".
Kicking off a little behind schedule, audiences were energetic for the production to begin. After attending the preview, I was already familiar with some numbers. The women of Midtown live kicked off the show again with their lovely rendition of "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore. This is a toe tapping, poppy hit that sets the stage for the rest of the evening. The lovely, amazingly talented Maryann Williams remained on stage to sing “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from the musical “Next to Normal”.
After the preview a few weeks back, I had the pleasure of speaking with Williams, who described her desire for Broadway fame. After her multiple numbers, including this "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" and her strikingly, beautiful take of “One Song Glory” from “RENT”, one can be sure that Williams has a bright future ahead of her. She has mesmerizing stage presence and a flawless, effortless voice that is music to the ears.
Each performer chose a song they would sing and it had a prerecorded message before it. This provided not only a chance to get to know the performer but also a more intimate feel to the overall production. Each song chosen by the performers had a very pointed and moving message. Some shared messages of hope, stories of struggle and triumph or just spoke about how the music touched them and this resonated with the audience.
Williams had the first of the videos and performed “Best Kept Secret” from “Bare: A Pop Opera” with Sarah Patterson. This dynamic duo was both gripping and moving. Kasi Hollowell, who was unable to attend the preview, sang “Come to your Senses” from “Tick…Tick…BOOM!” Hollowell has a deep, rich voice. Kyle Crowford sang, again from the preview, “Beautiful City” from “Godspell”, with both reverence and power. These were presented during the first set.
The Midtown live cast closed the first set with “My Junk” from “Spring Awakening”. This great group song is both fun and musically pleasing. Erin Corbitt took the stage, who was the special guest for the Saturday performance. She sang three songs “Portrait of a Girl”, “I Hope You Dance” and “This Love”. Each song was very different from the other and offered a variety of emotions and audience engagement. She is a firecracker of a performer and gets the audience both tapping their toes and soothes them with her rich tone.
The second set opened with a Beatles classic “Come Together” performed again by the entire Midtown live cast. This was a great way to get back in the mix and get reacquainted with the strengths of each voice. This cast has both powerful and soulful voices that create intriguing harmonies. The second set allowed for the continuation of the solo chosen performance pieces. Brittan Soriano bared her heart as she spoke about why she chose “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. John Forgy claimed his spotlight as he took on, again from the preview, “I’m Alive” from “Next to Normal”. Sarah Patterson closed these out with her tender “Goodbye until Tomorrow” from the musical “The Last Five Years”.
The Midtown live cast took the stage for one final performance of “21 Guns” from the Green Day musical “American Idiot”. The group sings this song with power and gusto and is a perfect song to end the evening. Audiences are reminded of the strength and diversity in each performer’s voice. PMT Productions offered an after party to celebrate the successful conclusion of their first production. Being a first ever production, this offers promise for where this company can and will go with future projects. I look forward to seeing what these talented performer and creative minds have planned next.
For more about PMT Productions, check out their website at www.pitchmethis.com. Connect with them socially on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Also be sure to read about cast and staff bios as well as stay up to date on the latest news from the company by checking out their blog.