Best Musical Theatre Guru

Allen Robertson

Many folks assume that all show people are gifted with a flawless sense of rhythm and pitch. T'aint so, Magee. Most belters aren't born, they're made - and it's usually a show's musical director doing the making. He's a Pygmalion, shaping a singer's talent to suit the music at hand and the sounds of all the singers into glorious blended harmony. It's no fluff job. Which makes Allen Robertson a wonder of the local stage scene. He makes everybody sound good, in every show, in every kind of show. In the past year, he crafted the sound of rousing gospel choirs in The Gospel at Colonus and piercing folk solos in Woody Guthrie's American Song. And that's just two of his eight projects last season. He knows the form like few folks in town and is unfailingly generous in his work with artists. His name in the program is a sign of excellence. Now, if we could just get some theatres to produce a few more of the musicals he's written....

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