The US composer and lyricist John Bucchino is the man of the moment here, but it is tempting to consider director Tania Azevedo the real star, leading a superb company of cast and creatives to elevate what could be something quite slight, into a couple of hours of something really quite moving.
What happens if you throw together 23 songs, five musical theatre performers, a pianist, and tons of colour? The answer is It’s Only Life, a musical revue based on several ‘orphan songs’ (John Bucchino’s own description) interwoven to create a fun production about love and life.
H.R. Haitch is a brilliant example of the future of musical theatre in Britain and walks a playful line between politics and humour that provides an important dialogue about the ridiculousness of our current state of world.
Much like Chelsea and Bertie’s romance, H.R. Haitch might not always be particularly elegant, but it’s good fun, and its heart is in the right place. And if nothing else, it gives us a couple of hours’ escape from wondering who’s going to walk Meghan down the aisle.
Unfortunately, H.R. Haitch just didn’t hit the mark and certainly didn’t receive my royal approval. That said, it would be the ideal antidote for an anti-Royalist or football loathing person this coming weekend.
Two groups are better impersonated on television than by theatre: the Royal Family, and East Enders. In H.R. Haitch they collide awkwardly in a royal wedding spoof musical with all the elegance of a bin lorry ram-raiding Buckingham Palace.