Everyone — and I imply all people on Broadway — is speaking up his efficiency in “The Bobby Darin Story” on the 92nd Avenue Y.
Jackman turned well-known enjoying Peter Allen on Broadway in “The Boy From Oz,” and Groff is doing the identical factor as Darin in a present we should always name “The Boy From East Harlem,” as a result of that’s the place the nice “Mack the Knife” singer was born.
Groff splish-splashed his means throughout the stage to cheers from the gang — a crowd that included some heavy-hitting Broadway producers.
“Chicago” producer Barry Weissler was there and, I’m instructed, is attempting to get the rights as I write this.
“The Bobby Darin Story” was put collectively by Ted Chapin, who’s producing the Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists program.
Chapin, who oversees the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein estates, was in Australia when he got here throughout this little out-of-the-way present and thought it would make a pleasant addition to the 92nd Avenue Y sequence.
He considered Groff — who made a scorching debut in Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” and had a comic book flip in “Hamilton” as King George III — as a song-and-dance man within the Jackman mould.
Groff, it seems, is a Darin fan, and may match you at any karaoke night time with “Mack the Knife.”
The 32-year-old jumped on the likelihood to play the famed singer, and what was a three-night live performance run is now in play as a Broadway present.
“It was the very best present I’ve seen in a very long time,” a Broadway agent instructed me.
Darin’s story was additionally made right into a 2004 film known as “Past the Sea” starring He Who Should Not Be Named (Kevin Spacey).
The present’s first act is about Darin’s hardscrabble childhood in East Harlem, the place he was born Walden Robert Cassotto. As legend has it, Darin met the rock songwriter and music producer Don Kirshner at some point at a sweet retailer in Washington Heights and so they began writing jingles collectively.
However Darin may transfer and sing in a means that no one else may and began getting gigs as a performer. Groff, I’m instructed, strikes with the benefit and slyness of Darin.
Darin was, as all people mentioned on the time, the brand new Frank Sinatra. However he turned political, denouncing the struggle in Vietnam, and his followers, outdated Sinatra and Bing Crosby stalwarts, turned in opposition to him.
He suffered all his life from rheumatic fever, which left him in weak well being. He died, after coronary heart surgical procedure, in December 1973, at 37.
However these songs — “Past the Sea,” “Mack the Knife,” “Dream Lover” and “Synthetic Flowers” (my favourite) — will maintain your toes tapping and your fingers snapping.
I like Hugh Jackman. However — you learn it right here first — Jonathan Groff is about to grab his crown.