It’s an amazing time for diversity of style in “musicals” on both sides of the pond. Hamilton’s hip-hop, street poetry, storytelling, David Yazbek’s middle-eastern infused charmer The Band’s Visit, Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home (newly arrived at London’s Young Vic while her dazzlingly original Caroline Or Change plays at the Playhouse Theatre).
Gently understated and leisurely paced, The Band’s Visit is the antithesis of the current Broadway musical and is all the richer for it.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was last year’s must-see musical in the West End, with audiences and critics lapping up the jokes and raving about Robert Lindsay’s performance. Predictably I didn’t see it, but when it closed I felt pretty sure it would be out on tour before too long so I made a point to catch it at The Mayflower and see what all the fuss was about.
The South of France is the setting for this West End musical that’s lighting up the North as it arrives at the Playhouse for a week.
Give Them What They Want, is the message of the first big number of this hit show, fresh from London’s West End. And while in the world of con artists ‘they’ are the victims, the song applies equally to us punters. We go to a musical hoping for a great script, memorable performances and, of course, fabulous songs, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has all of these in spades.
Oh dear, I really wanted to like this, and hoped that the genius of Pedro Almodovar would resist the well-known truism that farce and musical comedy don’t combine – look at Lend Me a Tenor if you don’t believe me. Tamsin Greig has such a fabulous film and TV profile that getting her committed to […]
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