The Other Palace, London – until 3 March 2018
I saw and loved Eugenius! back in 2016 at its premiere concert at the London Palladium, so I was very excited when I read it was returning to The Other Palace. I’m pleased to say I stand by my initial review – I absolutely adored this, unique, hilarious, feel-good show.
Eugenius! tells the story of Eugene, a G-E-E-K who has written a comic book and gets thrown into a crazy Hollywood, space story. Alongside we have Janey who is head over heels in love with him and does everything she can to impress him but has been placed firmly into the friend zone.
With music and lyrics and a book by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, this is a full-on cheese fest of all things brilliant about the 1980s. I’m 21 so wasn’t alive then but it’s so iconic that I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic in a weird way. The music is catchy, the dialogue is laugh-a-minute and the whole show is just a big, joyous delight.
The cast are absolutely outstanding. As Eugene we have West End newbie Liam Forde, who is geeky and charming with a beautiful voice. His chemistry with everyone is great but especially with the delightful love interest Laura Baldwin as Janey. Laura’s voice is something else, ‘The Future is Bright’ is definitely a stand out moment. Equally witty and loving, Laura is perfectly cast in the role.
As the best friend, Daniel Buckley is hilarious as Feris. Despite being a comic role, Daniel’s vocals shine and he is wonderful throughout. Equally comic is Scott Paige as Theo who is sassy and vocally outstanding. As the mean man, Cameron Blakely is perfectly despicable as Lex. His demeanour and crude actions make you pray for his demise. Ian Hughes is striking as the other, spacey villain, Evil Lord Hector.
This show creates an infectious atmosphere and has everyone bouncing and humming the songs as they leave the theatre. In my initial review I said that “this musical is bound to become a cult classic and pave the way for a whole wave of new musicals” and I think that still sums up my feelings. Eugenius is a unique, humourous celebration of being yourself and embracing your inner geek. With catchy music and a stellar cast, there’s not a reason you shouldn’t see this show!
Eugenius runs at The Other Palace until 3rd March
photo credit: Pamela Raith