REVIEW ROUND-UP: Vanities the Musical at Trafalgar Studios

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Vanities The Musical, about three girls growing up in Dallas, is receiving its European premiere at the Trafalgar Studios. The premiere production is directed by Racky Plews and stars Ashleigh Gray, Lauren Samuels and Lizzy Connolly. Here is what critics have been saying about it: 

Carn’s Theatre Passion: ★★★ “A frivolous and fun show which has a huge heart! Go see these three stunning performers as they journey through life and hurtle towards their forties. Share in their dreams, hopes and stories and leave the theatre feeling joyous and uplifted by this gorgeously staged show.”

The Stage: ★★★ “great gusto and terrific vocals by the sensational trio of Lauren Samuels, Lizzy Connolly and Ashleigh Gray.”

City A.M.: ★★ “the chemistry on stage is infectiously sweet and unexpectedly engaging. You’ll come away feeling fuzzy and lovely.”

Love London Love Culture: ❤❤❤❤❤ “Wonderfully sincere entertainment.”

Radio Times: ★★ “It’s delivered with warmth and charm by an outstanding cast, and it left me with a smile on my face.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★ “a series of terrific original songs by composer David Kirshenbaum that are sure to have a future life in cabarets, and a trio of really engaging and gloriously well-sung performances from Lauren Samuels, Lizzy Connolly and Ashleigh Gray.”

Broadway World: ★★ “In the intimate space of Studio 2, Heifner’s production works well, with enough action and decent vocals to fill the small room.”

The Upcoming: ★★ “For those who are nostalgic for the bygone days of miniskirts, the Kennedys, flower-people and disco, this is a musical for you.”

Theatre Bubble: ★★★ “Racky Plews uses the cosy space of Trafalgar Studios 2 comfortably, creating the illusion of space where needed with subtle yet nuanced blocking – the sign of strong direction and an enjoyably fun ride.”

British Theatre Guide: “this compact production adds extra wit to a show that is already engaging.”

The Peg: ★★ “Funny, thoughtful and impeccably composed with some truly beautiful harmonising, the music is what made this show such a winner for me.”

Page to Stage Reviews: ★★ “The musical goes from preppy and poppy to heartbreak and misery, but what stays the same throughout are the wonderful performances of the leading trio and a joyful score which ensures that the audience members leave Trafalgar Studios with a firm smile on their face.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “pitch-perfect casting in the form of Lizzy Connolly, Ashleigh Gray and Lauren Samuels.”

London Theatre 1: ★★ “A glorious theatrical experience, this production of Vanities The Musical, skilfully directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, was compelling from start to finish.”

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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