Saturday, 24 October 2015

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour)

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is my favourite show of all-time, it's exciting funny and magical, so when they announced it was closing in the West End I was mortified. Luckily it was announced that they would be touring the UK. I had pretty low expectations as I was worried they would ruin this amazing show, however it was certainly better than I thought. It was far from perfect, but it was a nice effort. The storyline of the show is: Conman Lawrence Jameson is set to come crashing down with the arrival of larger-than-life Freddy Benson - a conman of an entirely different order. Soon realising the town ain't big enough for the both of them, the two find themselves going head to head in the con of their lives, pulling out all of the stops in a bid for the affections of millionaire soap heiress Christine Colgate. Little do they know what they've let themselves in for. I am glad that it still has most of the hilarious comedy that made me love the show so much in the West End. I feel the funniest part of the show was the song 'Oklahoma?', but I think this is mainly due to the fact that Phoebe Coupe, who sings this song on the tour, puts so much energy into the song. The costumes and set are very inventive and clever. The direction and choreography, by the mastermind Jerry Mitchell, are phenomenal. The ensemble were very good indeed and it was obvious there were some really strong singers and dancers amongst them. Cast members who stood out for me were Noel Sullivan as Freddy Benson, Carly Stenson as Christine Colgate, Gary Wilmot as Inspector Andre Thibault and Phoebe Coupe as Jolene Oakes. Comparing this cast to the cast in the West End, Michael Praed sadly was not as good as Robert Lindsay. He just didn't seem to have the same charm. Michael also seemed to really struggle on the musical numbers. It's a shame because you could tell he was trying really hard. Noel Sullivan was not quite as good as his proceeder, which was Alex Gaumond, either. Noel was really, really good, but Alex to me is and always will be Freddy. Carly Stenson was just as good as Alice Fearn (who was the understudy the night I went to see it in the West End) in the role of Christine Colgate. Geraldine Fitzgerald wasn't as good Bonnie Langford. She also tried really hard but just didn't have the same comic timing, which Bonnie Langford was master of. I hate to say this, but Ben Fox was better than Gary Wilmot. The reason I hate to say that is because Gary was amazing in the role and he brings a whole new life to the character. Phoebe Coupe was 100x better in the role of Jolene than Lizzy. She gave the perfect performance and turned the role Jolene a little psychopathic, which I thought was very clever. One thing that did annoy me about the cast was that there were some annoying facial expressions. The show didn't have quite the charm it did in the West End, but they made a really good effort and I applaud them for that.

The featured star of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is, drum roll please… NOEL SULLIVAN!

Noel was perfectly casted. I read a review the other day criticising him and praising Michael Praed so it's pretty obvious I have different tastes to that person as I thought Noel was incredible. He's a great actor and has a really, really nice voice.

Now for my final verdict on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I give Dirty Rotten Scoundrels… 

People who know and love the West End version may be a little disappointed, but I am sure anyone who doesn't know the show will love this version!

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 Hairspray. 

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now finished touring.

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