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Skylight Music Theatre Finds Power Of Human Spirit In 'el Cimarron'

Eric McKeever?s vocals move from expressive baritone into an <a href=http://www.kiwibox.com/geneskzs/blog/entry/110859593/farrah-abraham-bashes-bethenny-frankel-for-being-rude-and/?pPage=0 agonized falsetto in Skylight Music Theatre?s ?El Cimarrón.?' style='float:left;padding:5px' /> Schlenker's tree includes dangling ropes; they recall Billie Holiday's strange fruit more than Spanish moss. Montejo, who was born a slave in 1860, clearly knows how such trees feel; channeling Montejo's pain while re-enacting his life, baritone Eric McKeever ensures that we do, too. Henze's 75-minute piece is divided into 15 segments, and the early ones underscore how readily one's body and mind could be twisted or broken by slavery. Huge leaps in McKeever's vocal line moving go from his rich and expressive baritone into an agonized falsetto echo the disordered, percussion-dominated cacophony unfolding around him. As McKeever slams an iron chain to the ground, he recounts the harsh routine that once dominated his life. After he's caught following an early attempt to escape, we hear him whipped.
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