Nikolai Foster and co. have wrung West Side Story for every last drop of emotion, intellect and topicality. It has been given the full blooded revival it merits and I would love to see this production have further life beyond this initial run.
No doubt about it, Nikolai Foster’s production of West Side Story for Curve Leicester is damn close to musical theatre perfection.
Nikolai Foster’s 2016 production of Grease returns to Curve as part of a major tour, and, while it doesn’t quite have the pizzazz of three years ago, the show remains a solid, thoughtful and energetic version of a much loved classic.
An Officer and a Gentleman, beginning its national tour at Curve Leicester, is a show that is unashamedly feel-good, even through its darker moments, and just waiting to sweep you off your feet.
Crucially, Foster’s production doesn’t skimp on ambition or scope in its evocation of late 1950s Americana as Colin Richmond’s design uses the full width and height of the stage and Nick Winston’s choreography expands to fill the space.
✭✭✭✩✩ Luft for life:
When you’re Lorna Luft, the shadow of Judy Garland is inescapable. The Hollywood legend introduced her daughter to the world in a touching segment on her TV show, singing a new song, Lorna, to her. And now she’s singing back with a 20-date tribute to her mother.