All Things Entertaining and Cultural
The Cape May Summer Club is one the best ideas of recent years. Jeffrey Coon, given the opportunity to create an entertainment in his “down-the-shore” hometown, came up with a fine example of the variety shows that provided smart upbeat enjoyment. “The Cape May Summer Club” springs back to life with an benefit performance at the Haverford School on Wednesday, April 8. Joining Jeff and his co-star from last year, J.P. Dunphy are Ben Dibble and Tony Braithwaite. As Tony might say, “Huzzah!” The only thing missing will be drinks at Carney’s following the show. But have no worries. “The Cape May Summer Club” is set for four dates in Cape May in the coming months.
The sharp white dinner jackets and black bow ties tell one story. Tight harmonies on “Guys and Dolls” classics, “Fugue for Tinhorns” and “Luck Be a Lady,” tell another. Entertaining guest appearances by Joilet F. Harris and a talented dance duo extend the story. Self-assured fun completes the saga.
The setting is the Cape May Summer Club, a swank, sophisticated variety entertainment conceived by Philadelphia theater stalwart Jeff Coon and performed in high nightclub style by Coon and his cohorts Fran Prisco and J.P. Dunphy who swing pop standards and Great American Songbook favorites accompanied by a five-piece combo that grows into a 17-piece big band midway through the second half.
Individually and in combination. Coon, Prisco, and Dunphy show their talents, not just as singers but as entertainers who can happily and sincerely bring style to tunes presented for their own sake. Each of the men has a marvelous…
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