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By Matt Windman

  Sherie Rene Scott/Ph: Carol Rosegg

Sherie Rene Scott, who sarcastically describes herself as "one of Broadway's biggest, brightest semi-stars," displayed an unusual affection for Jesus, Judy Garland and Mister Rogers as a child.

In her breezy and hilarious 90-minute autobiography show Everyday Rapture, she displays this obsession by singing the Garland classic "You Made Me Love You" not to Clark Gable, but to images of Jesus. She also uses Fred Rogers songs like "I Like to Be Told" and "It's You I Like" to highlight her sexual discoveries.

Ms. Scott is best known for her supporting roles in big Broadway musicals like Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and most recently The Little Mermaid. She is a breathtaking beauty with a sweet and sultry voice.

On one level, Everyday Rapture is a totally sincere memoir of growing up in Topeka, Kansas (where there are supposedly more churches than people), moving to New York City and eventually gaining a worldly sense of spirituality. She even broaches difficult subjects such as the death of her cousin from AIDS, whose funeral was protested by an intolerant preacher, and her abortion at 16 years old.

But on a far more successful level, it is a clever parody of self-deluded and egotistical one-person shows. There is one absolutely brilliant scene where a young show queen male (Eamon Foley) creates a YouTube video where he lip-synchs to Ms. Scott's vocal performance of a  hit Aida  tune "My Strongest Suit." When she writes him an email to introduce herself, he accuses her of not being the real Sherie Rene Scott, leading to a heated and frustrating battle of correspondence.

Michael Mayer's  production - which also incorporates diverse songs by David Byrne, George Harrison and U2 - makes for delicious entertainment that shows off Ms. Scott's pitch-perfect comic timing and killer voice.



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