Review of "High Fidelity The Musical" at Slow Burn Theatre

Staff Writer

Boca Raton’s Slow Burn Theatre does a credible job with “High Fidelity the Musical,” giving the show an injection of youthful bounce and vibrant vocals.

And the six-member band adds some flash to the score by Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal,” “If/Then”) and Amanda Green (“Bring It On: The Musical”) that dabbles in all kinds of genres from rock and soul to coffeehouse folk and gangsta rap.

You can feel a “but” coming, can’t you?

But when all is done with this two-hour musical with a 15-minute intermission, you can’t help but wonder what did the book by David Lindsay-Abaire add to the boy-has-girl, boy-loses-girl, you-know-the-rest story?

Like the movie starring John Cusack, but sticking closer to the novel by Nick Hornby, the story is set in a Brooklyn record shop where owner Rob Gordon (a capable Robert Johnston) and his Peter Pan-esque audiophile brethren refuse to grow into adult relationships.

There are some terrific turns by supporting cast members: a scintillating Nicole Piro as the love interest; a sharp bit by Kaitlyn O’Neill as a folksinger; Larry Buzzeo as a nebbish customer and a brash Bruce Springsteen; and Noah Levine as the show’s closest thing to a villain, a holier-than-thou holistic guru.

If some edge is taken off by actors anticipating lines or not hitting punch lines hard enough, or hesitantly executing some choreography and late light cues, it is all negated by the singing, which is pretty much flawless.

Slow Burn Theatre is running through June 29 at 12811 W. Glades Road (on the campus of West Boca Raton Community High School). Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets cost $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $25 for students. Call 866-811-4111 or go to SlowBurnTheatre.org.

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