Last month I was delighted to discover the bountiful pleasures of the Off-Broadway musical Zanna Don’t currently playing in The Actor’s Cafe at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre.
On February 27, I wrote a column referencing the cast album of Zanna Don’t. It was more reportage than fact as I was still to see and marvel first hand at this delightful musical. You can read that column: Another spin on Broadway cast recordings HERE. When I finally got my chance to see and review the production at Desert Stages, I was truly amazed. You can read my review: Zanna Don’t at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre HERE.
Jai Rodriguez, Zanna in the original Off-Broadway production
In my review I wrote, “Zanna Don’t can only be as good as its songs and the show is very good indeed! Tom Acito and Alexander Dinelaris have created a bouncy, thoroughly sweet, infectious rock score.”
I have quite the extensive library of theater music but Zanna Don’t had somehow been ignored. To remedy that, I ordered the original cast recording immediately. Today I finally listened to it and I am thrilled to report that what sounded great in the theater is even better on disc. Tom Acito and Alexander Dinelaris have written a score that does not have a false note in any of its songs. Zanna Don’t is a musical that begs to be revisited again and again. Whether witnessing Eric Boudreau’s magical matchmaker in The Actor’s Cafe at Desert Stages or hearing the the Zanna of Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) on the original cast CD, Zanna Don’t remains a thorough delight.
Eric Boudreau, the magic behind the magic of DST Zanna Don’t
Hearing the score to Zanna Don’t again makes me wonder why this quirky, satirical charmer never made the move from Off-Broadway to Broadway. There’s still time!
There’s still time too for you to catch Boudreau and company at Desert Stages. Zanna Don’t is running through April 11. This is must see theater!
The original cast recording of Zanna Don’t is available from PS Classics.
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre box office at (480) 483-1664
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre 4720 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale 85251