Lauren's turn. She thinks it's cool to be in the finale. She liked her prom dance with Kent, which Cat suggests is because it "got all smoochy at the end." Lauren insists that she's never shared a moment like that with someone on stage. And she's not just talking about the kiss. She is also fond of her family and friends. Apparently she didn't plan on auditioning until the week before. Neat story. Solo! Wave, kick, pond, roll, kick, stand, stomp, spin, kick, roll, punch, roll, weird thing, shimmy, spin, kick, pose, fall. Lauren's dance mentor Antoine shouts that he loves her.
Man, there's a lot of dancing on this dance show. Spencer Liff will be presenting an interrogation in which Kathryn is the sexy cop and Robert is the suspect. Hot. And they're doing it to "Cool" from West Side Story. I like this song a lot, and I think it'll be interesting to see it used completely removed from its original context but still working with the story. As opposed to, say, using a song from "Damn Yankees" and dressing the dancers up as baseball players. This just cleanly repurposes the song, which is now about Robert trying to stay "cool" while he's being interrogated. At one point, Catherine leads Robert back to the chair using his tie as a leash. I will be honest with you: it is super-hot. And apparently he danced a hole right through his pants. Nigel tries to talk about how the song is in the movie but not the play, and Nigel tells him he's wrong. Mia gets out of the way to let the boys fight. Adam, with perfect assurance, tells Cat that he's done West Side Story a million times, and "Cool" is in the first act in the play and the second act in the movie. Wikipedia backs him up on this. Incidentally, did you know that "Cool" is known for its fugal treatment of a bebop jazz idiom? Well it is. Cat tells Adam not to show off, and Nigel mumbles a bit about not remembering it in the play. Then he gets back to telling Robert he did really well. Which he did! Mia said she was nervous about the dance when she heard the music, but she liked that the dance had some bits from Jerome Robbins while mostly doing its own thing. She also wanted a little more simmer. It's a very solid piece of critique by Mia. Adam admits that the song is very important to him and says that he feels the original Jerome Robbins choreography is "the best piece of choreography ever done in musical theatre." So he was obviously worried about Spencer messing with it, but he loved the fresh spin he put on it while still being respectful to the original. He ends with "Jerome Robbins woulda been proud and I bet he woulda hired you." Good reviews all around!