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Eden Casteel music studio.
Count Victor Gryzynsky (Eden Casteel) (photo Mark Turek)
Victoria (as Victor) discovers her inner jazz baby in "Le Jazz Hot." (photo Mark Turek)
-- Will Demers, EDGEMedianetwork.com
Charles "Toddy" Todd (Bill Whitehead Jr.) gives Victoria Grant (Eden Casteel) man lessons in "Trust Me" (photo Mark Turek)
Other special moments come when Mancini’s words spring to life in the trained voices of the cast, especially Eden Casteel, who plays Victor/Victoria, and Bill Whitehead Jr., as Toddy. Their solos and duets are charming, with Casteel’s voice soaring strongly on extended notes. Of note is her delivery of “If I Were a Man” and “Living in the Shadows.
It’s a show that demands a versatile, strong female lead. She has to have a high soprano voice. Bonus points for a good British accent. Must dance, must be engaging, must be able to pass as male or female.Director Amiee Turner hit the jackpot. Eden Casteel, an Ohio transplant turned local vocal coach, is perfect. Her Received Pronunciation is pretty much the only accurate accent in the production. Her voice is beautiful, her comic timing is spot on, and, once she loses the long dark wig, Casteel makes a very attractive vision in menswear.
Victoria (Eden Casteel) meets King Marchand (Christopher Swan) and sparks fly. (Photo Mark Turek)
The 1982 movie, on which the musical is based, starred Julie Andrews and was directed by Blake Edwards, who wrote the script for the stage adaptation. Casteel manages to sound a lot like Andrews in the show’s early moments and is quite convincing as a man. She also has an appealing chemistry with Christopher Swan, likable and charming as Marchan.