Conceived by Hollie Howard (who co-stars) and Joey Murray (who directs), Tour de Fierce also includes three other talented female performers, Tracee Beazer, Tracy Jai Edwards, and Gabrielle Ruiz, each of whom also get a chance to shine.
The five-person cast sings and dances their way through songs -- mostly in a medley format -- from Broadway shows ranging from Annie Get Your Gun to Spring Awakening. Some contain some cute mash-ups, such as "Forget About the Boy" (from Thoroughly Modern Millie) with "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" (from South Pacific).
More often than not, however, the sequence of songs appears somewhat random. The best conceived section of the show has the women singing numbers that draw from their various theatrical resumes. The low point of the program comes in a reality TV parody featuring the cast as stereotypical divas in a show called The Real Housewives of Broadway.
Not surprisingly, the individual performers come across best when they get to sing the solos that they themselves have picked out. Hurder's jazzed up version of "Storybook" from The Scarlet Pimpernel is truly delightful, while Beazer delivers a funky rendition of The Beatles' "Come Together" as refracted through Tina Turner. Howard impresses with an emotionally-charged rendition of "Spark of Creation" from Children of Eden.
However, the choice to put all the solos back to back slows down the overall momentum of the performance. Additionally, since the energetic routines choreographed by Jordan Fife Hunt can at times leave the cast members exhausted and liable to go off pitch, spacing out the solos would allow the actors a chance to rest up a little before launching into the next big group number.
-- Dan Bacalzo