Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review: Gypsy

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Gypsy.
This wasn't actually what I thought it would be so this was a nice surprise. First of all the songs were amazing. They were like old traditional theatre. To go with these amazing songs they also had a great storyline, which was based on the true life memoirs of legendary burlesque entertainer, Gypsy Rose Lee, it tells the tale of Momma Rose and her two daughters, Baby June and Louise, trekking across America in their family vaudeville act. They had a spectacular cast, but people who stood out for me were Imelda Staunton as Momma Rose, Lara Pulver as Louise, Gemma Sutton as Dainty June, Peter Davison as Herbie, Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Julie Legrand as Electra and Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura. To top it all off I really liked the costumes (especially the cow). However there are a few things they need to fix before opening night. First of all the Overture and the Entr'acte went on for far too long. They went on for five minutes each! I also feel Peter Davison may need some assistance on his singing. He's a fantastic actor, but not too good on the singing side of things. I was also a little concerned for the girl who was playing Baby June as I noticed her pointe-shoe lace came undone so I would advice the people who help her with her costume to keep an eye out for this. The only other thing I have to say is that they had to have an early interval due to technical difficulties, but this is something that is likely to happen during previews. Overall I really liked this show and I am sure all these problems will be fixed for opening night.

The featured star of Gypsy is, drum roll please… IMELDA STAUNTON!


Imelda was utterly incredible! I knew she was an amazing actor, but I didn't know she was an amazing singer as well! 

Now for my final verdict on Gypsy. I give Gypsy…


It may not be as good as it's proceeder, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but it still did it's best and I respect it for that.

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Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Sound of Music.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Review: Saturday Night Fever

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Saturday Night Fever.
Now I hate to say it but I really didn't like this show. It had one of the worst story lines in the world. I don't get how this was a movie, on Broadway, in the West End and touring all over the world because to me this was so boring. The pace was too slow and it had such a flat storyline. It just seemed so depressing for a musical. Maybe they could have added a little bit comedy here and there. There just seemed to be some scenes that were so boring and I couldn't wait for the show to end.  It also had way too much swearing. Every other word was a swear word. I also felt it got dragged on too long. It may only have been two and a half hours, but I felt it should have only been two hours at the max. This was shame as I had high hopes for this show. A few good things were it did have a very good cast, especially Danny Bayne as Tony Manero, Naomi Slights as Stephanie Mangano, Bethany Linsdell as Annette and Alex Lodge as Bobby C. I also thought the set was quite good and really liked the choreography. They had some really strong dancers in the cast and this really showed during the dance contest. Finally I also loved the songs, which were the old Bee Gee's classics. It had most of the cast playing the instruments for the songs which I thought was quite a good idea and it reminded me a little bit of Once. Saturday Night Fever had been touring since November at Theatre Royal, Bath and is ending it's tour next week at New Theatre, Cardiff so if you were planning to see it at Cardiff you may be disappointed.

The featured star of Saturday Night Fever is, drum roll please… NAOMI SLIGHTS!


Naomi was a tripple-threat, amazing actor, amazing singer and amazing dancer. She managed to save the show from utter disaster. Really I think Naomi could be in better shows than this.

Now for my final verdict on Saturday Night Fever. I give Saturday Night Fever… 


If Saturday Night Fever did a revamp maybe it would be slightly better, but it would not be something I would want to see again.

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Join me next time when I will be reviewing Gypsy.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now finished touring.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Review: The Three Lions

Hey readers!
It's time for my first Off-West End review The Three Lions.
I managed to get some cheap last minute tickets so decided go along and see it. It was a really sweet theatre, kind of like an Off-Broadway theatre and had a lovely restaurant above it. And with a great theatre, came a great show. It was utterly hilarious. It was about what happened to David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William before the bid for the 2018 World Cup, but with missed planes, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and sartorial challenges. It was a really interesting storyline and was a very clever idea. I would say it would be something that would appeal to ages 10+. I liked the length and thought the cast managed to fill the stage for this amount of time. The cast included Dugald Bruce-Lockhart as David Cameron, Séan Browne as David Beckham, Tom Davey as Prince William, Ravi Aujla as Virkham/Ashok, Antonia Kinlay as Penny and Lewis Collier as Lachlan. I do however find that Lachlan's role was not needed in the play as he only had a two minute role. Lewis Collier was a great actor, but I feel a bit sorry for him sitting in the theatre for the other hour and fifty-eight minutes. Lachlan is a character who emerges from the bedroom, where Penny had exited from five minutes earlier with her ruffled clothing and red face. Personally I would have found it funnier if Virkham/Ashok had emerged from the bedroom. Another thing I didn't like was that David Cameron acted so awkwardly, and it didn't seem how David Cameron really acts. However Dougald Bruce-Lockhart did seem to warm into the role a lot better in act two. I also found that the Virkham/Ashok was really confusing where *SPOILER ALERT* they said there were identical twins but then turned out to be the same person. I just thought it was the same person all along, I didn't realise he was pretending to be identical twins until half-way through. This really needs some clarity. Also the walls on the stage kept getting bigger and smaller, I understand that this was because they were different rooms, but I felt they could have just kept to one room as the constant changing of walls was confusing and off-putting. I understand that this was their first ever preview and I'm sure everything will be cleared up for opening night.

The featured star of The Three Lions is, drum roll please… SÉAN BROWNE!


Séan did an absolutely hilarious portrayal of David Beckham and the other funny thing is he looked identical to David Beckham! 

Now for my final verdict of The Three Lions. I give The Three Lions…


I rather enjoyed this and I suggest this to anyone who is looking for a few laughs.

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Join me next time when I will be reviewing Saturday Night Fever.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Review: Once

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Once.
I had heard some amazing things about this show so I went in thinking it would be a five star show. Well it seems I was very wrong. This was no where near five stars. First of all it had a really boring storyline. This seems like something somebody thought of in 5 minutes. It was even as boring as A Delicate Balance. I don't know how this ended up as a movie, on Broadway or in the West End. The storyline just seemed so slow. It was not what I was expecting at all. Maybe one problem was it dragged on way too long. If it were me I would have shortened it by 25 minute. I can certainly say act two was a bit better but the overall show was still boring me to sleep. Also something that may put some people off was the swearing. However enough negatives, lets move onto the positives. Ronan Keating and Jill Winternitz as Guy and Girl were great together. They could both sing really well and they seemed really sweet with each other. I also thought Tim Prottey-Jones was quite funny as Billy. I really loved the music and this was one of the reasons I decided to not walk out. One other thing that I did quite like was at the beginning they opened up the stage to the audience to enter and they could buy drinks there. A few of the cast members also came on and started singing so it felt like you were in an Irish Pub.

The featured star of Once is, drum roll please… RONAN KEATING!


Ronan Keating was one of the factors that saved the show. His singing really captivated the audience's hearts.

Now for my final verdict on Once. I give Once…


Once would be two stars but it's songs and Ronan Keating has managed to save it. I guess I've learnt my lesson not to go to theatre again on Friday 13th.

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Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Three Lions, my first Off-West End review.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Review: Di and Viv and Rose

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Di and Viv and Rose.
I was really lucky because just a few hours before the show I got an email offering some cheap tickets. Cheap tickets, how could I turn that down? So I decided to go along. I was glad I did because this was a great show. First of all I would to like to say well done to the cast, Tamzin Outhwaite as Di, Samantha Spiro as Viv and Jenna Russell as Rose. The three of them worked really well together. They were all portraying 18 year olds, which reminded me a little bit of Blue Remembered Hills. The chemistry between the three of them was great, the casting director definitely made the right decisions with casting. It was a very emotional play and true to life. It covered some very sad subjects and the cast really brought the message across. I especially liked the beginning of the play when they were just doing short scenes that lasted about 60 seconds each. The only thing I didn't like was that half-way through the storyline changed a bit dramatically. At first Viv and Rose had a fight and then suddenly *SPOILER ALERT* Di got raped. I feel with the argument between Viv and Rose the playwright got a bit bored of writing that scene and suddenly just abandoned ship with it. I feel they could have done a little bit of continuation before that happened to Di. Also one thing that might put people off was there was quite a bit of swearing. This was still a really fun show that will make you both laugh and cry as you follow the lives unfolding of three good friends thrown together at college digs and how there lives end up.

The featured star of Di and Viv and Rose is, drum roll please… SAMANTHA SPIRO!


Now I must admit at half-time I was thinking that either Tamzin or Jenna was going to get featured star. But Samantha did such an amazing job in the second half and overtook everyone by a mile. Her final scene with Tamzin brought me close to tears. She also was great at portraying being drunk. 

Now for my final verdict on Di and Viv and Rose. I give Di and Viv and Rose…


This was a fantastic show and it closes in a few days so I beg everyone to go and see it before it closes.

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Join me next time when I will be reviewing Once

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Review: Jersey Boys

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Jersey Boys.
Now I wasn't planning to go to Jersey Boys, it was just one of those right-now decisions. And I'm very glad I went because it was great. The main four, Michael Watson as Frankie Valli, Jon Boydon as Tommy DeVito, Edd Post as Bob Gaudio and Matt Nalton as Nick Massi were superb. Now I know I say this a lot but the cast really worked well together. They seemed like brothers. They also had impeccable timing and sounded identical to the original Four Seasons. It was funny to see the different personalities of all the band members. Where as one was a really tough guy who had spent time in prison, one was an ordinary kid from the neighbourhood. It's like Dopey becoming friends with Scar. The rest of the cast are also great. They all had amazing stage presence and seemed enthusiastic, and that is something some shows lack. Another thing that stood out were the costumes and set. It also transported us back to the 60s. It was really interesting to see about their lives and their back story's. It was also interesting to see that most of the songs were about their personal lives. The only thing I wasn't too keen on, and I know I say this a lot, was the swearing. I guess I just don't like swearing.

The featured star of Jersey Boys is, drum roll please… MICHAEL WATSON!


Michael Watson was the ideal person for this role! He even sounded like Frankie Valli. His timing and singing were impeccable!

Now for my final verdict on Jersey Boys. I give Jersey Boys…


I loved it and hope to see again some time in the future! 

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Join me next time when I will be reviewing Di and Viv and Rose.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review.