It's time for my review of Sunny Afternoon.
I was very, very eager to see this show after it had won the Olivier Award for 'Best New Musical'. I was certainly not let down as this was one heck of a show. The music was incredible. I can definitely see why it also won the Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Music'. The Kinks, who the musical is about, was before my generation so I didn't know much about them, but this was a very fun history lesson. I felt like I was transported back to the 60's, I was so immersed in the storyline. Not only did it teach stuff about The Kinks, it also taught me various knowledge about the 60s. It has really made me interested in looking up more about The Kinks. I have listened to a few of the original songs and the cast sounded identical to them. The portrayal of the relationship between the brothers (Ray and Dave Davies) and the friendships among the band were also very good. The director, Edward Hall, has put this show together very, very well. The set was another thing that was brilliant and there was a strip of the stage that came out to the audience, which is kind of what there would be in a concert arena. It also had some hilarious bits, as well as some very sad bits. Cast members that I think stood out are: John Dagleish as Ray Davies, George Maguire as Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife, Adam Sopp as Mick Avory, Vince Leigh as Larry Page, Jason Baughan as Eddie Kassner, Lillie Flynn as Rasa, Silas Wyatt-Barke who was understudying the role of Robert Wace and last but certainly not least Tam Williams as Grenville Collins. There were a few things that could be changed though. One thing was the girls who played Ray and Dave's sisters then later played screaming girls swooning over the band. They could have made the characters look a little different as this was rather confusing. I also feel it was a bit too long (2 hours and 45 minutes) and they could cut the show down by 15 minutes. Also at some points in the show it may have been a little bit too loud as I was there at a matinee and there were a lot of elderly people around me who had their hands over their ears at certain bits. Apart from that this is an astonishing show and I know any Kinks fans will love this show.
The featured star of Sunny Afternoon is, drum roll please… JOHN DAGLEISH!
I must give a salute to the casting director because John was perfectly cast in this. He could act, he could sing, there is no way to fault his performance whatsoever. Also, congrats to him on his Olivier Award!
Now for my final verdict on Sunny Afternoon. I give Sunny Afternoon…
Any Kinks fan would be brainless not too see this amazing musical, so if you're a Kinks fan run to the theatre and buy your tickets NOW!
Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.
Join me next time when I will be reviewing American Idiot
Thanks for reading!
*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review.