THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, Apple Tree Theatre Company. Packaging and performance are the strong suits of Peter Amster's inventive revival of this sturdy revue celebrating the wide-ranging songs by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb (creators of Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Flora, the Red Menace, and Chicago). These collaborators created a rare fusion of words and notes, and many of the belter classics, like Cabaret's "Maybe This Time," build inevitably to applause.
TThe five spirited cast members are game for anything, performing mainly lesser-known but welcome selections, like "Pain," a detailed depiction of masochistic ballet dancers, the salacious "Arthur in the Afternoon" from The Act, and the hilarious travel tale "Ring Them Bells" from Liza With a "Z". They even wheel on grocery carts in a vaudeville confectionary salute, "Sara Lee," and roller-skate in a tricky snake line for "The Rink." Clever bits include "Money, Money," performed in bowler hats whose brims light up to etch out the actors' sinister faces, and a "New York, New York" sung in French, Japanese, and German. Scrumptiously synchronized are torch songs from The Happy Time and Woman of the Year and no less than three ballads from The Rink, Cabaret, and Funny Lady, intricately interwoven by Scott Mikita, Lori Kathryn Holton, and Hollis Resnik.
As always Resnik is the big draw, whether clowning it up in the anti-snobbish "Class" or digging into the deadly irony of "How Lucky Can You Get." With her here, very.