Sunday, 26 April 2015

Review: American Buffalo

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of American Buffalo.
I hate to say this but this is by far one of the worst shows I have ever seen. I was really looking forward to seeing John Goodman but this was a major disappointment. The storyline was utterly atrocious. To be honest there was no storyline. It was just three depressed guys moaning about their lives. The stage just had such a dead energy. I was sitting at the back of the stalls so could hear all the cars and people talking outside, and even that was more entertaining than this show. When I saw the poster and read up about the storyline I thought it would be an adventure story about a burglary, but it seems I was tricked. The show had no action whatsoever. I find watching grass grow more exciting. It also had a really boring set of a junk shop. I even thought about leaving during the interval but decided to stay hoping that act two would get better, which it did, but not much. At the end one of the characters, Bobby, gets hit by Walter "Teach" Cole and falls on the floor bleeding. But he stays on the floor for about twenty minutes. I'm sorry but it was not necessary to stay on the floor for this long. Also at the beginning when the curtain came up John Goodman stood in a frozen position for a whole minute waiting for an applause, which didn't happen. I understand when the curtain comes up and a celebrity it standing there on Broadway everyone applauds, but that's not what happens in the West End. I felt like yelling from the audience, "Get over it John, no ones going to applaud!" Also I feel I am not alone with my comments as no one in the stalls stood up at the end of the show. To top it all off every other word in this show was the f-word. It had far too much swearing. The only good things about the show were Damian Lewis and Tom Sturridge as Walter "Teach" Cole and Bobby. These two really suited their parts and played them really well. Overall I was very disappointed with this show.

The featured star of American Buffalo is, drum roll please… TOM STURRIDGE!


Tom's acting was incredible. I felt it was a pity he was in such an awful show. I really hope that he moves on to do better shows as he really deserves to be in better shows than this.

It's time for my final verdict on American Buffalo. I give American Buffalo… 


To anyone who is thinking of seeing this show, please have a long think before you do otherwise you could be wasting a lot of money as I did.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Hay Fever.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Review: In the Dead of Night

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of In the Dead of Night.
Now I was really, really excited for this show because I was actually invited to review this and this was my first ever invite so I would just like to say thanks to the people who invited me. I was really glad I went along as this was an amazing play. First of all the actors worked so well together as a team. The 11 actors were great at making the audience think we were all in La Roca after WW2. The lighting of the stage was superb and the staging and set were also really good. They had various dance numbers which were really well choreographed. There were no weak links in the cast so I think I should give everyone a special mention. The amazing cast were: Judith Paris as Elvira, Ross Harper Millar as Martinez, Jordan Alexander as Massimo, Susannah Allman as Rita, Ned Wolfgang Kelly as Falchi, Matt Mella as Leonardo, Tristan Robin as Raoul, Daniel James Greenway as Juan, Joshua Clare as Alvaro, Danny Harris as Pedro and Victoria Sheffield as Juanita. This also had a great story line and it is one of those shows that you really want to know what happens next. After the show I actually said, "I want a sequel!" and I really don't say that very much about shows. It is a real joke that shows like Cats, A Delicate Balance, Once and Skylight end up on West End and Broadway when you have spectacular shows like this that end up in small pub theatres in Balham. I really hope this ends up on the West End and Broadway some day with the same cast.

The featured star of In the Dead of the Night is… ROSS HARPER MILLAR!


Ross is an amazing actor. His final scene is something that brought a tear to my eye. I know the other day he was in an incident with his bike so when you think what he has been through this week it is phenomenal. I wish Ross the best in his recovery and really want to say well done as he did a great performance!

Now for my final verdict on In the Dead of the Night. I give In the Dead of the Night… 


I really recommend this show to everyone and once again I really hope this show goes to the West End and Broadway.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing American Buffalo.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Review: The Pirates of Penzance

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of The Pirates of Penzance.
Now this isn't the usual thing I see, a comedic opera, so this was quite an experience for me. I was quite glad I went though because this was hilarious. It is an all-male cast so the men have to dress up as females which was absolutely hysterical. A few of the best cast members for me were Alan Richardson as Mabel, Alex Weatherhill as Ruth, Miles Western as Major-General Stanley, Neil Moors as The Pirate King, Chris Theo Cook as Isabelle, Dale Page as Kate, Ben Irish as Edith and Richard Edwards as Hebe. Alex Weatherhill and Miles Western were both perfect for their roles, I did however feel Samuel Nunn as Frederic wasn't  quite right for the role. He was a good singer but really seemed to have difficulty with his acting. He may have just been tired though. Apart from this minor problem the show was great and all of the cast had amazing voices. The dancing was also really good. I really liked the way that the actors entered and sometimes sung while they were in the audience. I thought this was good because by doing this they really engaged with the audience. It was fun when the police-men came through the audience with their torches shining them at the audience. During the police-mens scenes I liked the way they also all held up fake door-handle moustaches. Overall this was a very funny show and advise to anyone who wants a bit of a laugh and likes Gilbert and Sullivan music.

The featured star of The Pirates of Penzance is, drum roll please… ALEX WEATHERHILL!


Alex was by far one of the funniest members of the cast. He made the audience really  laugh and at the end of act one made the audience feel very sorry for him.

Now for my final verdict on The Pirates of Penzance. I give the Pirates of Penzance… 


This was a very clever, and very funny, adaptation of the original. This is a recommendation to anyone who wants a night of laughter.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing In the Dead of Night.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now finished touring.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
We added this as our final little bonus to our NY holiday and were glad we did because it was hilarious. It had some really talented actors and some amazing singers. The costumes and sets were utterly outstanding. The English accents were phenomenal and I actually believed that Jefferson Mays and Jeff Kready were English. Unlike most American actors who when they try and do British accents and end up sounding Australian, these accents sounded really genuine. The great cast included Jefferson Mays as all 9 members of The D'Ysquith Family, Jeff Kready as Monty Navarro, Scarlett Strallen as Sibella Hallward, Catherine Walker as Phoebe D'Ysquith and last but certainly not least Carole Shelly as Miss Shingle. It was funny seeing each D'Ysquith being murdered one by one and this kept us on the edge of our seats waiting for the next one to be killed off. This is not like usual Broadway musicals as it has wry lyrics sung almost as an operatic musical depicting the good old English Edwardian era. The best scene was the dinner scene which will have you laughing hysterically. This scene is portrayed so well and one of the funniest musical theatre scenes I have ever seen. The only thing about this show is that the songs were quite forgettable as I left the theatre not being able to remember any of them. They were still good songs, but not your typical catchy musical songs.

The featured star of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is, drum roll please… JEFFERSON MAYS!


Jefferson is exceptionally talented and played all 9 roles faultlessly. He has great comic timing and if A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder ever comes to the West End I really hope he plays this role again.

Now for my final verdict on A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. I give A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder… 


This is a really good show if people are looking for a few good laughs one night and a very unusual musical with brilliantly funny acting.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

This brings a conclusion to yet another great NY holiday and I can't wait to come back. Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Pirates of Penzance.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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

Review: Chicago (Broadway April 2015)

Hey readers!
It's time for my updated review of Chicago.
Now this show was absolutely amazing as always. It had fantastic dancing, as before. The singing and dancing numbers were as stunning as usual and so were the costumes and set. I am not too sure what to say about this show as it is still as great as it always has been. It is a wonderful musical that will never disappoint and this is because it has such a superb cast. Each and every cast member has so much energy. Paige Davis was not there so we saw her understudy Angel Reda as Roxie Hart, and she was absolutely phenomenal. She was even better than Jennifer Nettles. She just seemed to suit the role really well and I think she should play her permanently. Unfortunately I didn't feel Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly was as good as Carly Hughes as Carly seemed to be born for that role. However Amra-Faye gave it her all and still did a fabulous Velma. Not only that but she is 54 years old, and for a 54 year old to be that good a dancer is incredible. John Dossett as Billy Flynn was a better actor than Alexander Gemignani, but not quite as good an singer. Raymond Bokhour and NaTasha Yvette Willaims as Amos Hart and Matron "Mama" Morton were excellent as always and finally R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine seemed to be better than M. Deming. Last time when I said I didn't think the Mary Sunshine costume was that good, I now take that back as R. Lowe's costume seemed to be a bit better. Overall this is still a wonderful production and hope to see it again.

The featured star of Chicago is… ANGEL REDA!


Angel proves that understudies can sometimes be even better than people who do the show full time. She really was made for this role and I really hope she gets the role of Roxy full time.

It's now time for my final verdict on Chicago. I give Chicago… 


Chicago, yet again, managed to win a 5 star rating. This is a fabulous show and I advise everyone to see it.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: Skylight

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Skylight.
I really hoped I wouldn't say this after this show, but this absolutely dreadful! This was one of the worst scripts ever written. It was about two ex-lovers, Tom Sergeant and Kyra Hollis portrayed by Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, having a huge row after Tom's ex-wife passes away and he shows up at her flat to try and rekindle things. It just seemed the whole show was about an argument. If you like boring two hour arguments that seem to go on forever and in the end render pointless as nobody gets anywhere then this is the show for you. Bill Nighy is usually a really good actor so I was disappointed with this. He was really not good in this role and was not convincing whatsoever. However I thought Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis and Matthew Beard as Edward Sergeant were both really good and were wasting their talents on this show. I also feel that there was too much of an age difference between Bill and Carey. The difference was 36 years! It just wan't convincing enough. I know they were trying to portray an older man and younger woman in a relationship, but 36 years it ridiculous. In my opinion they should have had a 30 year old woman and a 50 year old man. The 36 year age gap just made Bill Nighy's character seem like a paedophile. Also Bill Nighy seemed really agitated and was tap-dancing around the stage and couldn't keep his feet still, what was that about? I really didn't like this show and don't know why it was on West End and Broadway.

The featured star of Skylight is, drum roll please… CAREY MULLIGAN!


Carey is wasting her talents. She is an amazing actor and I find it a shame that she is in awful plays like this.

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


Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard's acting saved this show from being a two star. I really hope those two move on to do better things.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be doing an updated review of Chicago.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Review: Grounded

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Grounded.
When I first looked up this show I wasn't too sure whether I would like the storyline, but I really wanted to see Anne Hathaway so still decided to buy tickets. And I was very glad I did because this was a rather spectacular show. This was a very emotional and heart warming play about a USA Pilot during the Iraq war. Anne Hathaway was absolutely amazing at playing The Pilot. She has a very good talent of engaging with the audience, which she did very well by herself for an hour and 20 minutes. She really showed us the agony her character experienced, I felt like she really was going through the experience and all the ups and downs that a fighter pilot might have had to deal with during this war, especially when their family life suffered as a result of the mental pressure. This was one of the best one-man shows I have ever seen. Anne also did a great accent for her character. The special effects were also amazing. One thing that some people may not like is there was a lot of swearing and that may put some people off and some people may get a little confused on the storyline. Other than that this was cleverly written, cleverly directed and cleverly acted and incredible for an Off-Broadway show. I chatted to the playwright afterwards and he was very interesting to chat to as when I asked a few questions about the storyline he said it is whatever you interpret it to be which is good as it leaves the audience to decide and have their own perspective.

The featured star of Grounded is, I think this one is a bit obvious… ANNE HATHAWAY!


This is by far one of Anne's best performances. She portrayed this role faultlessly and really brought the audience to tears towards the end.

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


This would make such an amazing film and it would be great if it could come to West End and Broadway.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Skylight

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Review: It Shoulda Been You

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of It Shoulda Been You.
Now I really didn't realise how good this was going to be. I was really excited to see this as it starred David Burtka and I was not disappointed. It was utterly hilarious, every single line said by Edward Hibbert made me laugh. The actors engaged so well with each other. For me every single cast member stood out so I will mention everyone: Tyne Daly as Judy Steinberg, Harriet Harris as Georgette Howard, Lisa Howard as Jenny Steinberg, Sierra Boggess as Rebecca Steinberg, David Burtka as Brian Howard, Montego Glover as Annie Shepard, Chip Zien as Murray Steinberg, Josh Grisetti as Marty Kaufman, Adam Heller as Uncle Morty and Walt, Michael X. Martin as George Howard, Anne L. Nathan as Aunt Sheila and Mimsy, Nick Spangler as Greg Madison and finally Edward Hibbert as Albert. The cast really made the audience feel like they were actually there at the wedding venue. I thought it was an interesting storyline where the bride and groom had completely different families from very different cultural backgrounds and it was funny to see them clash. The actors really made the show enjoyable. It's great that it only takes 13 actors to make a show so entertaining. The songs were also really good and I can't wait for the the soundtrack to come out. The whole cast were great singers. The only thing that I can criticise this show on is that there was no interval. The chairs got rather uncomfortable after an hour and 45 minutes. I feel they could have just had a 15 minute interval half-way through. Apart from that this show was really very good and another recommendation of mine.

The featured star of It Shoulda Been You is… LISA HOWARD!


Lisa had a very powerful voice that captivated the audience's hearts. She made the audience laugh and cry, she was phenomenal!

My final verdict on It Shoulda Been You is, drum roll please… 


This was a truly great show and I really advise people to go and see it.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Grounded.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Review: On the Twentieth Century

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of On the Twentieth Century.
Now at one point I was planning to skip this show, but thank-god I didn't because this was musical heaven. The songs were just amazing. I had heard the show was good, but I didn't know how good. The set was also really amazing. It was set onboard a train which they created faultlessly. The acting, singing and dancing were just fantastic. The ensemble included some very, very talented tap-dancers. This show was full of wonderful surprises keeping us on the edge of our seats. The cast were absolutely stunning. Some of the cast members that stood out for me were Kristin Chenoweth as Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka, who is multi-talented with a fantastic vocal range, Peter Gallagher as Oscar Jaffe, who touched our hearts with his acting and singing, Andy Karl as Bruce Granit, who was hilarious, Mark Linn-Baker and Michael McGrath as Oliver Webb and Owen O'Malley, who reminded me of Laurel and Hardy and made a great comedic duo, Mary Louise Wilson as Letitia Primrose, who is 83 years old and a truly inspirational role-model to all actors across the globe, Phillip Attmore, Rick Faugno, Drew King and Richard Riaz Yoder as porters, who were some of the best tap-dancers on Broadway. But not only is this an amazing musical, it's an amazing comedy too. This show will have you laughing hysterically. You really need to go and see this show to experience how amazing it is.

The featured star of On the Twentieth Century is, drum roll please… KRISTIN CHENOWETH!


Kristin is what glues the show together. She is a Broadway legend and it was great to see her perform in this.

Now for my final verdict on On the Twentieth Century. I give On the Twentieth Century… 


I recommend this to any theatre-goer, young or old. For anyone looking for some fun musical numbers or some laughs this is the show to go to.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing It Shoulda Been You.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review: Into the Woods

Hey readers!
It's time for my first ever Off-Broadway review Into the Woods.
Now I must admit I am the Into the Woods ultimate fan, I have seen the film 5 and a half times! (The half was because of a fire alarm by the way). So seeing this live was my absolute dream. The props, sets and costumes were absolutely genius. I especially liked the taxidermy wolf head, *SPOILER ALERT* The Baker's Wife's death which was cleverly done by her falling off the piano, the Giant's Wife who was portrayed with shadows and I thought the cow was hysterical. This show recreated old traditional theatre. The cast, of only 10, were absolutely amazing. This cast included Jennifer Mudge as The Witch, Ben Steinfeld as The Baker, Jessie Austrian as The Baker's Wife, Claire Karpen as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother, Emily Young as Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, Patrick Mulryan as Jack and The Steward, Noah Brody as Cinderella's Prince, The Wolf and Lucinda, Liz Hayes as Jack's Mother and Cinderella's Stepmother, Andy Grotelueschen as Rapunzel's Prince, Florina and Milky White and finally Paul L. Coffey as The Mysterious Man. I do however feel some of the cast were struggling with some of their songs and occasionally hit duff notes. I also feel it was a pity that at the end of 'Last Midnight' The Witch didn't get swallowed into the ground as she usually does, but instead just walked off into the woods. I feel they could have at least done a mini-exploision so you wouldn't see her walking off. Overall this was a very enjoyable performance and even better than some Broadway shows.

The featured star of Into the Woods is, drum roll please… JENNIFER MUDGE!


Jennifer Mudge was even as good as Meryl Streep. She was an amazing actor and an amazing singer. Her best performance was 'Last Midnight' where she managed to hit every single note in the song.

Now for my final verdict on Into the Woods. I give Into the Woods… 


Into the Woods ends in a few days so I advise people to go and see it before it closes.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing On the Twentieth Century.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (April 2015)

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Now this, I have to say, is one of my favourite musicals in the West End. This was my fourth time seeing this show and by far the best. The sets are just fantastic. They had probably some of the best sets in the West End. They also had some really good costumes. I know some people moan that the songs aren't very good, but I have to disagree with those people. I thought the songs were absolutely amazing and they were amazingly sung as well. The Oompa-Loompas were great and the fact they were tap-dancing made them all the better. My favourite scene was the great glass elevator scene, this bit is absolutely magical. It had a great all round cast who really worked well together, but people who stood out for me were Alex Jennings as Willy Wonka, Barry James as Grandpa Joe, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs. Teavee, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine, Nia Fisher who was filling in as Grandma Georgina, Billy Boyle as Grandpa George and all the children. However for some reason the boy playing Charlie seemed a little bit agitated. He seemed to keep on fidgeting. He was probably really tired as this is a huge role for a young person to play. It seems a lot of things have changed since I last saw this show, but they have changed for the better. Overall this was an amazing production and it will teach kids to think twice before misbehaving.

The featured star of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is, drum roll please… ALEX JENNINGS!


What I thought was good was that Alex put his own spin on this role. He hadn't copied from Gene Wilder, he hadn't copied from Johnny Depp, he hadn't copied from Douglas Hodge, he was completely original. I think if they ever do another movie of Charlie he should play Willy Wonka.

Now for my final verdict on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I give Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… 


I recommend this show to anyone from age 5 to age 99, it is a musical master-piece. 

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below. 

I have some exciting news about my next review: I am coming back to New York so will be reviewing some Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Join me next time when I will be reviewing my first ever Off-Broadway show Into the Woods.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review, for an updated review please visit: http://thebasictheatrereview.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/review-charlie-and-chocolate-factory.html

Friday, 3 April 2015

Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Now I at first wasn't too sure about this but by the end I thought WOW! This was a very clever modern day adaption of Sweeney Todd. It is a mix of musical theatre and opera which I thought was genius. They had an amazing orchestra and I thought it was good that they included them as part of the show. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd at the beginning was amazing. I don't want to spoil it for people but I will just say it will blow you off your feet. I also liked the use of greek chorus throughout the show. They had a great cast too, including Bryn Terfel as Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker, Emma Thomson as Mrs. Lovett, Matthew Seadon-Young as Anthony Hope, Katie Hall as Johanna Barker, Philip Quast as Judge Turpin, Jack North as Tobias Ragg, Alex Gaumond as Beadle Bamford, Rosalie Craig as Beggar Woman/Lucy Barker and last but certainly not least John Owen-Jones as Adolfo Pirelli/Daniel O'Higgins. Another great thing were the costumes. They really showed off the different characters personalities. The only pieces of criticism I have for the show is that when the cast went to the back of the stage the conductor was standing in front of them and it was impossible to see them from the stalls. I feel they could have maybe lowered the conductor because I found this to be really annoying. I also found at the beginning the storyline was a little confusing. They could make this a bit clearer for people who aren't familiar with the story. However overall the show was amazing.

The featured star of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is, drum roll please… EMMA THOMPSON!


Emma was utterly hilarious. Not only was she an amazing actor, she was an amazing singer! I never knew she could sing like that! She really pulled a rabbit out of a hat there.

Now for my final verdict on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I give Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street… 


This fantastic show is only on for a limited run so catch it while you can!

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will reviewing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.

 Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

Review: Miss Saigon (Apr 2015)

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Miss Saigon.
Now let me start by just saying WOW! WOW, WOW, WOW! This is probably one the best musicals I have ever seen. It had amazing sets, amazing costumes, amazing everything! The show transported us back to 70's. It was incredible. A scene that stood out for me was the helicopter scene in act two. This was superbly staged. You could really feel the people's pain when the American's left. This is a show that I can guarantee you will be crying by the end. It is certainly an emotional roller-coaster. It really portrayed how hard things were in Vietnam in the 70s. To go with all this they had some of the best songs in musical theatre. It also had a great cast including Eva Noblezada as Kim, who is an inspirational actor and singer who gives it her all, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, who is a perfect all-round performer, Alistair Brammer as Chris Scott, whose energy is boundless, Hugh Maynard as John Thomas, who has a great tone to his voice and is also a good actor, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, who is a very talented actor and singer, Kwang-Ho Hong as Thuy, who is a superb actor and singer, and last but not least is Marsha Songcome who was filling in for the role of Gigi Van Tranh, who portrayed the role faultlessly. The ensemble were also amazing. I know there was a problem backstage where the doors stopped working during the American Dream and the dancers and the car could not come out, but Jon Jon did cover this up really well.

The featured star of Miss Saigon is, drum roll please… JON JON BRIONES!


This was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make with featured star. At one point I was going to pick Eve, then I decided on Jon Jon, but then I decided on Alistair. Eventually I decided on Jon Jon as he is one of the best performers you will ever see in theatre.

Now for my final verdict on Miss Saigon. I give Miss Saigon… 


This is one of the best current West End shows and recommend it to all.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review, for an updated review please visit: http://thebasictheatrereview.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/review-miss-saigon-jun-2015.html

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Review: The Sound of Music

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of The Sound of Music.
I would just like to start my post by saying I hope Steven Houghton, who played Captain Georg von Trapp during the first half but could not carry on due to an illness, is feeling better. I would also like to say well done to Lynden Edwards who carried on as Captain Georg von Trapp during act two. I know it must be very hard to just slip into a role half-way through a show. As they say the show must go on! Anyway, this show was absolutely amazing. From the sets to the choreography, it was utterly stunning. It had a fabulous cast, especially Danielle Hope as Maria Rainer, Steven Houghton/Lynden Edwards as Captain Georg von Trapp, Howard Samuels as Max Detweiler, Jan Hartley as Mother Abbess, Sarah Soetaert as Elsa Schraeder, Luke George as Rolf Gruber and last but certainly not least all the children. They were all amazing actors, they all were all amazing singers and finally they were all amazing dancers. To top it all off they also had great costumes. This was such a lovely production and very well edited. I cannot think of anything to fault this show on. I can't believe shows like Cats and Once go to the West End and this is only touring. This is better than most West End shows! If The Sound of Music is coming to a venue near you then I would advise you to book it straight away!

The featured star of The Sound of Music is, drum roll please… DANIELLE HOPE!


Danielle Hope was born for this role. If it does ever go back to the West End I really hope she will still be in it.

Now for the final verdict on The Sound of Music. I give The Sound of Music… 


I really cannot stress enough how amazing this show was, I suggest to any musical fan to go and see this.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Miss Saigon.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had minor cast changes.