Glenn Chandler and Charles Miller have transformed the true story of Fanny and Stella into a musical “romp” packed with puns, comedy songs, a cavalcade of flamboyant characters, and optimism at its heart.
We round up the reviews for the first Fringe musical production to open in London since lockdown, Fanny and Stella at The Eagle Garden Theatre.
Fanny & Stella is a funny, bawdy, light-hearted musical that provides a very welcome distraction from the seriousness of the world.
Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story hangs on the brilliant performances of the two leads, Kieran Parrott and Tobias Charles (making what the programme notes is his professional debut, and one that indicates a long and successful career to come).
Lionel Bart and Alun Owen’s musical Maggie May first opened in London 55 years ago, when it made its debut at the Adelphi Theatre in September 1964 – despite its success it hasn’t been seen since.
Opening at Leicester’s Curve ahead of a 8 month long UK tour, you can see where Nick Winston’s production has made its key decisions – Francis O’Connor’s set has its eye on quick get-outs and so Jack Henry’s video projections do a lot of the heavy lifting in setting the 80s milieu.