Zanna, Don’t! A Charming Gem of a Musical Production

Our review of the delightful Zanna Don’t: A Musical Fairy Tale, presented by Emerald Theatre Company

Presented by Memphis’ Emerald Theatre Company, Zanna, Don’t is a heartwarming and spirited musical that shines bright. 

Zanna Don't full cast photo, courtesy Hal Harmon.
Zanna, Don’t! cast and crew photo, courtesy Hal Harmon.

The musical (written by Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris) initially opened Off-Broadway in March 2003 and has been running in various theaters ever since. Set in a world where same-sex relationships are the norm, the imaginative premise and heartfelt message of Zanna, Don’t are brought to life in this Memphis rendition by a dedicated cast and crew of talented performers.

The cast of Zanna, Don't! A Fairy Tale Musical production by Emerald Theatre Company.
Zanna, Don’t! A Fairy Tale Musical production, full cast list by Emerald Theatre Company

While the production doesn’t have the grandeur of larger-scale shows, it more than makes up for it with its creativity and passion. The cast’s performances are infused with genuine enthusiasm and earnestness, making the characters relatable and endearing.

The costumes and set design, while simple, effectively transport audiences to the whimsical world of Heartsville, USA. Clever use of props, lighting and choreography adds depth to the production, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the story.

The production of Zanna, Don’t shines with infectious energy and charm. The catchy musical numbers and witty dialogue resonate with the audience, leaving a lasting impression long after the final bows.

With its heartwarming message of love and acceptance, this local production is a charming gem that showcases the talent and dedication of those in our community theater scene.

Whether you’re a seasoned theatergoer or simply looking for a fun night out, Zanna, Don’t is an absolute delight.

Zanna, Don't: A Musical Fairy Tale. Author Cassie Brooks with the Emerald Theatre Company cast.
Author Cassie Brooks with the cast of Zanna Don’t: A Musical Fairy Tale

You can see Zanna, Don’t at Theatre Works, March 22 – March 24.

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