REVIEW: Hi-Hat Hattie | David Marlowe

November 27, 2017

by David Marlowe, Marlowe’s Musings

Run to get tickets to see and hear Anna Maria High as Hattie McDaniels at Aurora Fox Arts!

Playwright Larry Parr’s script for “Hi Hat Hattie” is all about Denver native, Hattie McDaniel. Ms. McDaniel graduated from East High and went on to become the first African American woman to receive an Oscar for her performance in a movie: the role of Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.”

     Referred to as “the colored Sophie Tucker,” she did radio commercials, toured with Broadway shows and was featured in a Disney movie called “Song of the South.”

     The stunning Anna Maria High is perfect casting for Hattie McDaniel. Her expressive acting in this one-woman show delivers a strong, powerful Hattie with a sparkling personality. Her glorious vocals dazzle!

     Ms. High’s star is rising so quickly it behooves you to get over to see and hear her in person before she gets recruited by Broadway.

      Music director Jodel Charles accompanies Ms. High with breathtaking virtuosity on the grand piano.

     Director Melissa Lucero McCarl has done wonders with this script. Her talent for pacing creates punch and muscle in the production whenever  playwright Parr’s pen begins to lag.

     Brandon Case’s scenic design gives us a gilded proscenium and opera boxes that provide us with a magnificent frame for Ms. High’s outstanding performance.

     Costume designer Laurie LaMere Klapperich has created the eye-popping wardrobe for Ms. High.

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For tickets go online at www.aurorafoxartscenter.org/afac/hattie

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