Dominion Theatre, London – until 27 October 2018
In a remarkably quick return after its Coliseum outing, Jim Steinman’s barmy musical is storming onto the Tottenham Court Road, rocking on. Few cast changes – we still have the rockstarry Andrew Polec, a fair curly-headed manic figure looking like Fotherington-Thomas gone to the dark side, and Christina Bennington as the rebellious Raven; we still have the choreography by Emma Portner and the rowdy, explosive, shape-shifting set by Jon Bausor. And it’s even louder than at the Coliseum.
- Because Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton are hilarious as the heroine’s parents, first in their furious ‘Who Needs the Young’ song, then unforgettably in the onstage Cadillac rendering of ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’. Surely you gotta love a youthy rock gig where the middle-aged steal the scene?
- Because Danielle Steers delivers ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ in something approximating a solid gold blues baritone.
- Because of the bit where the motorbike explodes.
- Because Jim Steinman’s lyrics are among the best expressions of rock‘n’roll rebellion ever written while managing to be ironic with it.
- Because of the ensemble movement. Wild yet daft.
- And the plot: plain daft, based on Peter Pan while remaining the least J.M. Barrie show imaginable.
- Because come on – if you’re going to do a ridiculous jukebox musical, the city which has embraced the vapidly ghastly Mamma Mia! for years on end deserves a better break.