Thanks to my lovely friends at Studio 54, I got to see The Apple Tree this week. I’d never seen it, and only knew one song from it, so I was fairly excited. Kristin Chenoweth and I have had our ups and downs (I think she’s a phenomenal character actress ~ she wants to be an ingenue), but no one can argue about whether or not she’s talented. I’d never seen Brian d’Arcy James before but wanted to, and really, who doesn’t like Marc Kudisch?
The first act is based on Mark Twain’s Diary of Adam and Eve. It was just the three stars, in fact, Kudisch was only in one scene (he was the snake), and the rest was Chenoweth and James. So how is it that Kudisch stole the show? Don’t know, but he certainly did! A more entertaining snake, I’ve never seen (sidenote: Did you know Chenoweth and Kudisch were engaged once? Awkward).
Second act was The Lady or the Tiger. Chenoweth had some really nice moments, James was funny, but again, I loved Kudisch the most. Sensing a pattern here?
Third act is called Passionella, and it’s a Cinderella story about a chimney sweep who becomes a movie star. This was the act where, in my opinion Kristin really took center stage. She was fine in the other acts, she’s funny, her voice is gorgeous, but in Passionella she was playing a character part, and she cannot be beat playing an off-the-wall character part! She was absolutely magnetic.
Overall, this musical is not really very good. It’s uneven, and none of the songs are showstoppers. But, it’s fun, light-hearted, and harmless, and you’ll probably have a good time.