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British Evening at Studio Buffo Theater
February 18, 2009   
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Warsaw's thriving musical theater Studio Buffo Jan. 25 premiered a new show in which Polish performers sing English-language hits. Entitled British Evening at Buffo, the show is a journey into the culture of Britain and other English-speaking countries.

The first-night performance attracted a crowd of teenagers and adults. During an almost two-hour concert, the Studio Buffo Theater company sang some of the greatest British hits of the past few decades. The singers were accompanied by the Studio Buffo Orchestra under Janusz Stokłosa.

The performers included Natasza Urbańska, who sang Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" with rare bravado, and Emilia Dębska, who delivered an amazing rendition of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares to You." Jerzy Grzechnik enthused the audience with his interpretation of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by the legendary band Queen. Krzysztof Rymszewicz sang Shakin Stevens' "Cry Just a Little Bit" with a showman's flair.

Janusz Józefowicz, the show's director and choreographer, hosted the evening and encouraged the viewers to sing and dance together with the artists. He also appeared as a singer in a trio with Artur Chamski and Krystian Sacharczuk to perform Bee Gees hit "How Deep Is Your Love."

But it was the Studio Buffo Women's Quintet that stole the show that night, performing the Spice Girls hit "Wannabe" to a standing ovation.

Shows staged by the Studio Buffo have long been popular with Warsaw audiences, and the credit for this goes to the theater's Józefowicz and Stokłosa. A few years ago this artistic duo launched a series of musical shows called Evenings at Buffo. These shows feature the music of various nations and cultures. The series has turned out to be a success and became a fixture in the theater's repertoire.

Marzena Robinson
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