The late LeDoux’s band, the Western Underground, pays tribute to LeDoux with live performances of his songs while a video slideshow plays on a large screen, forming a backdrop that serves as the scenery. Dancers are the subjects, re-enacting in movement the stories that were told by LeDoux in song.
Much of LeDoux’s songs seem to focus on love, whether it be the thrill of being in the rodeo ring or the emotion between a man and woman. The songs move from upbeat to mellow between scenes, but every song represents a new story. Each pair of dancers is coupled off and continues to dance together throughout the program’s entirety. “Wife Behind the Cowboy” is a track illustrating the talents of the entire company of dancers, and each step, twist and shimmy is more thrilling and sexy than the last. At the conclusion of this number, the softer side of a cowboy becomes more apparent because you realize that even a gruff, masculine cowboy benefits from the love of a devoted woman.
The slow-moving dance sequences such as during “Silence on the Line,” in which a cowboy telephones his wife after a long stay away from home, tug at viewers’ heartstrings. The audience tastes firsthand both what the cowboy, who has been crippled by a fall in the rodeo ring, and his wife, who has waited for her husband for years, are experiencing. Lead vocalist Lane Turner sings the story well, but there’s no replacement for actually seeing the scene danced out in front of your eyes. Your heart breaks for both the crippled cowboy and his lonely wife.
Royston’s newest masterpiece is aptly named because it’s a reference to the importance of following a dream, of seizing that one opportunity to do something right. That dream for a true cowboy, oftentimes, is to ride that bull and achieve a perfect score in the rodeo ring, despite the risks associated with it.
This show is “One Ride” worth taking even if you’re not a country music fan. Experience each storytelling element - live music, multimedia technology, dance - together and each song will come alive. If that isn’t enough to get your heart racing, look to the young, talented and attractive cast clad in Daisy Duke short shorts and macho cowboy hats.
Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, directly beside the Queens Museum, the Ice Skating Rink and the Unisphere. Tickets for “One Ride” range from $22 to $40. Remaining show dates and times are as follows:
Thu. Nov 4, 2010 @ 2:00pm
Sat. Nov 6, 2010 @ 2:00pm
Sat. Nov 6, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Sun. Nov 7, 2010 @ 3:00pm To get more information or to purchase tickets for “One Ride,” visit www.queenstheatre.org or call the box office at 718.760.0064.