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The Scenestress holds out for a 'Hero'

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Matthew Mueller and Brian Sears in Asolo Rep's production of "Hero: The Musical." Photo by Gary W. Sweetman.

Matthew Mueller and Brian Sears in Asolo Rep's production of "Hero: The Musical." Photo by Gary W. Sweetman.

I occasionally make it to live theater, but it's rare I can catch an opening night.  They tend to be filled with too much fake excitement from the audience and too many nerves from the performers.

But this past Friday, I made the exception for "Hero," the new musical to take the stage at Asolo Rep.

Now I am not in the habit of reviewing theater.  I leave that to the capable hands of Jay Handelman.  But I am in the habit of reviewing the audience, and this opening night crowd was a fun one.

It was a diverse crowd with John Lichtenstein, Adam Davies, Dayle Hoffmann, Dylonn Cole, and Yen Reed mingling with the likes of regular arts supporters Charlie Huisking, Ann Morrison, Blake Walton, Warren and Margot Coville, and Eva Slane.

Not that it's really a surprise about a show about a late-twentysomething comic book store owner would bring out a new demographic to the theater, but it was still refreshing to see my peers fill the seats.

And I have to give a special shout-out to Asolo Rep's Laura Wood and her team who skipped the traditional opening night wine and cheese in favor of a the Super Hero-themed spread of beef sliders, brownies and flavored popcorn.  Little did she know that caramel corn is my kryptonite.

 

 

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