When there are jukebox shows like Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys setting the standard, combining a decent storyline and some equally decent songs, it’s more than a tad disappointing to come across something with a plot that is frankly bizarre. The story fits around the musical numbers, with the show seemingly revelling in how convoluted and contrived it is. It’s as if the story navigates around the songs, as though the tunes were obstacles in an obstacle course. The central character, Ella … [Read more...]
London Musical Reviews for West End and Off West End
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Six: ‘something about the feistiness, the sassiness, the riotousness of it all’
There’s a good mix of musical styles amongst the ten musical numbers, though most of the melodies are firmly in the style of what I call ‘minicab music’ – the sort of chart music tunes I would only listen to if I were being driven home and the driver just so happened to have the radio on. But there’s something about the feistiness, the sassiness, the riotousness of it all. I liked the music so much I bought the cast recording on the way out. It only leaves me to wish Six a long and glorious reign.
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Well, it’s not as frightening as the motion picture (and given that both are based on a Stephen King novel, I don’t have a problem with that). Carrie the Musical, despite its title, tells the story from the perspective of Sue Snell (Ellie McWilliam), who is being questioned, apparently repeatedly, over the events that transpired on the night of the school prom. It’s a curious choice for a musical, as there isn’t a happy ending, to say the least. The end of the first half is rather … [Read more...]
This ‘juke box’ musical offers highly polished, undemanding, feel-good entertainment, showcasing, as it does, 30 songs dating from the 1960s to the 2000s in superbly choreographed (Bill Deamer) copies of the originals: the predominantly female audience at Brighton were clearly entranced by the show from the opening number. The Osmonds - A New Musical purports to be the true story of the highly successful American family singing group from the point of view of Jay Osmond, so it may be … [Read more...]
I have no hesitation in saying that the 1952 movie “Singin’ in the Rain” and its 1985 stage version is one of the greatest musicals of all time, winning many awards over the years. It is one of the few musicals that not only has many first-rate songs (Nacio Herb Brown / Arthur Freed) but an intelligent, very witty, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Also, because it is set in the late 1920s, at the time of the first “talkies” and just before the Great Depression, it has a timeless … [Read more...]
The background stays largely the same throughout the performance, and appears to resemble the hairstyle of Elle Woods (Courtney Bowman). Regardless, the unchanging backdrop makes Woods’ bedroom looks much the same as a lecture theatre, a hairdressing salon and a courthouse (amongst other places). It is only when the action shifts to a bathroom (minus any pants down demonstrations of what would reasonably be expected to occur in a bathroom) that there is a significant change of colour scheme. … [Read more...]