Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Big, the musical based on the Tom Hanks film, now playing for a limited season at the Dominion Theatre.
Though the design is superb, the kids are both adorable and excellent performers, and McGuiness’s work is solid, the appalling storyline of Big and its tone-deafness can get in the bin.
Big, the film, holds a special place in everyone’s hearts but this musical version is out of step and time.
Big doesn’t always mean better, size does matter, it’s not how big it is it’s what you do with it – whatever the pun, Big the Musical is a severe disappointment at the Dominion Theatre.
Something BIG is coming to London this autumn – the West End premiere of screen-to-stager BIG The Musical, which will run for nine weeks only at the Dominion Theatre. Tickets are now on sale via MyTheatreMates!
Rip It Up does exactly that to the conventional West End tried and tested jukebox musical. In part a reality TV show and in part a showcase, the evening encapsulates a musical time-machine that will have you tapping your feet and smiling from cheek to cheek despite your best attempts to resist.
Bringing the 1960s to life, find out what critics made of Rip it Up, now playing at the Garrick Theatre.
Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith will be joined by Jay McGuiness in the ultimate Strictly boyband when the show Rip it Up – The 60s begins a 16-week engagement at London’s Garrick Theatre from 7 February 2019.
A 1990s musical of an 80s film – nostalgia has a lot to answer for but it was to Maltby Jr and Shires’ 1996 adaptation of the Tom Hanks-starring film that producers turned for their big Christmas musical at Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin.
Accomplished and brash ballroom dancing makes the touring Keep Dancing entertaining enough. Publicity for the show concentrates on its (unofficial) links with Strictly Come Dancing, with the names of last year’s winners Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani prominent.