Live at Zedel, London – until 17 April 2018
If you’ve ever wanted to be a musical theatre performer you might want to see this funny and exaggerated show about landing a role that highlights the many, many hardships you will face.
With music and lyrics by Alexander S. Bermange, this show, although highlighting truths, is a parody of the musical theatre world which cleverly mixes in famous melodies and lyrics whilst taking us on the journey of a drama school graduate, to a theatrical diva.
The songs are not masterpieces but are well written to exemplify things musical theatre performers and fans experience. The performers do a wonderful job of bringing them to life and showcasing their stellar vocals. My personal favourite was Suzie Mathers who’s stunning soprano voice, alongside her bubbly personality, made her solo performances really stand out. Her song ‘I Love to Sing’ was especially humorous. I can definitely imagine her being the MirandaSings of the musical theatre world.
Liam Tamne’s smooth, buttery voice worked well in both his solo and ensemble numbers and his funny but truthful song about being an understudy was particularly memorable.The ever-dapper Oliver Savile was also wonderful, namely in ‘A Serious Actor’ where he discusses the perils of being typecast in musicals and his number with Mathers about a crazy stalker fan.
Diana Vickers performed her songs well but did seem to struggle at times, especially in the more delicate parts of the songs. She gave a nice performance though and ‘My Leading Man’ was very relatable.
At only 75 minutes, I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical is entertaining and somewhat insightful into the musical theatre world, but at times it did feel repetitive and a little try-hard. However, for something fun and light-hearted, especially for those wanting to break into the theatre world, it’s worth a view.