William Stevenson
December 05, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Street Corner Symphony

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

Unless audiences lose their taste for classic ’60s and ’70s tunes overnight, this highly enjoyable revue could become the sleeper of the season. The talented eight-member cast of Street Corner Symphony gives rousing renditions of nearly 40 pop-radio hits, from ”Dancing in the Street” to ”Love Train.” Standouts include Jose Llana, whose exuberant dancing and dulcet voice make ”Baby Workout” fun, and Carol Dennis, who adds soul to ”American Pie.” While Neil Peter Jampolis’ sets look cheesy, Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer’s clever lighting propels ”Psychedelic Shack” and ”Proud Mary.” Marion J. Caffey’s staging is sprightly, but he should cut the corny dialogue. He should also add even more songs; at 95 minutes, this is one Symphony that understays its welcome. B+

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