The People vs. Mona, NY Cast Kudisch - White - Noll
Composer: JIm Wann
The People vs. Mona on CD is a rollicking little musical which should prove vastly appealing to the summer stock and amateur crowd. The show has its roots in Pump Boys and Dinettes, the long-running 1981 hit. Jim Wann, the main composer of that enterprise, wrote music and lyrics for The People vs. Mona, collaborating with his wife Patricia Miller on the book. The piece is a cascade of laughs, very much reflected in Wann's happy and freewheeling score. Mona, the nominal lead, is sung effectively well by Natalie Toro, but most of the fun comes from the two battling attorneys in this murder mystery, Christiane Noll (who is presently singing her way to audience's hearts in the first-rate new revival of Ragtime) and prolific Marc Kudisch. Joining them as the presiding judge and gospel singer is the estimable Lillias White, who is presently at Fela! Also on hand is Ron Raines, quite funny as a parking meter cop who sings flat. Overall, the CD of The People vs. Mona will give you a good time.