Car Talk is no musical

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 26, 2012

The subsequent ones, however, don't match the new lyrics to the originals; they're all predicated on the concept that the familiarity of a show tune will automatically render hilarious whatever lyric you substitute, no matter how banal and obvious. So "If I Were a Bell" from Guys and Dolls becomes "If I Were Your Car," "Almost Like Being in Love" turns into "Almost Like Being on Drugs," and so on. Jonathan Luke Stevens is the hard-working young singer-dancer featured in these medleys as "Dream Rusty." We're also supposed to fall about when members of the ensemble show up in cat costumes or dressed as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret. Still, the dream ballets provide a respite from Wartofsky's music, which is so random and shapeless you marvel that the singers, who range from highly competent to quite talented, were able to learn it. Car Talk: The Musical!!! is only 90 minutes long without intermission, but time, as every theatergoer knows, is relative.

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