PERFORMER / CHOREOGRAPHER / DIRECTOR
The one major exception was Jery, as Paul, who has a long monologue near the end of the show. I have heard this speech probably over a hundred times and he brought new readings and a new slant to it... whole show was worth this speech.
Jery... steals the show with his heart rending portrayal of Paul, Cyd Charisse inside, but longing to be his father’s “son”. Bravo!
Jery Rosas as Che carries his role with a solid baritone that brings a little light into the many dark moods of this piece. He treats this character with a slight whimsy and humor. As the everyman, this Che has charisma with fine delivery.
“The concept ultimately is pretty beautiful,” Kwong says of director Jery Rosas’ vision for the show. “It’s all about love and I think that we just could not have enough stories about love.”
Rosas presents a very strong, charismatic, and mischievous puppet-master as the Leading Player. He’s a triple threat always adding panache to every scene he’s in. He’s got good chemistry with Schutz, Tipton, and Powell as well as with the ensemble members. In one stand-out segment during the war in the number “Glory”, he and dance captains Peter Schuurmans and Jennifer Vaillancourt perform the famed Fosse “Manson Trio” center stage amidst a very nicely staged battle in silhouette taking place around them.