|A String Of Pearl|
Allen brought PEARL, her hip version of "Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs" into the Geffen Playhouse for the holiday season. Allen,
who wrote, directed and choreographed the musical spoof, used many students
from her Culver City dance academy, resulting in a show that sometimes
felt like a graduation exercise.
The show featured
taped music and lip-synched lyrics composed by James Ingram, Diane Louie
and, of course, Debbie Allen. Some of the songs were first-rate, but some
were not--and that pretty much sums up the show as a whole. The kids were
cute and they wore their crazy costumes well. They sang and danced with
gusto, and much of the time were fun to watch, but eventually I had my
fill of the little ones. Allen should have let someone else direct this
show, because an objective third-eye was sorely needed. Less Allen would
have been more.