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Thursday, 22 June 2023

Groundhog Day at the Old Vic review: A Theatrical Gem That Transcends Time

the repetition never becomes tiresome, but rather serves as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth.

Groundhog Day
Old Vic

Groundhog Day at the Old Vic Theatre is a delightful production that offers a hilarious and enchanting journey, filled with a talented ensemble, sleek quick changes and witty songs in the classic Tim Minchin style. This extraordinary production, breathes fresh life into the beloved story, delivering an experience that warms both the heart and the funny bone.

From the moment the curtains rise, we are transported to the enchanting world of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The set design by Rob Howell, a skilful blend of simplicity and innovation, effortlessly captures the essence of small-town charm. Each scene change is flawlessly executed, seamlessly guiding the audience through the repetitive yet captivating cycle of Bill Murray's iconic character, Phil Connors, as he relives the same day over and over again.

The cast is a formidable force, with the incredibly talented Andy Karl at the helm, delivering a remarkable portrayal of Phil Connors. With impeccable comedic timing and a nuanced understanding of the character's emotional journey, Karl brings authenticity to every scene. His charisma and stage presence make it impossible to look away, keeping the audience fully engaged and invested in Phil's transformation, plus he delivers some killer vocals.

Alongside, each cast member delivers outstanding performances that enhance the overall narrative. From the endearing yet determined Rita, played by Tanisha Spring, to the versatile ensemble effortlessly transitioning between various characters, their energy and dedication create an immersive experience, making us feel like part of the Punxsutawney community. Amongst the solid cast, stand out's include 
Eve Norris who shines in her role as Nancy, bringing depth and charm to the stage and Billy Nevers who uses every solo line to his complete advantage to deliver some scene stealing moments.

The direction by Matthew Warchus, skilfully navigates the delicate balance between comedy and introspection. Demonstrating a deep understanding of the source material, whilst infusing it with fresh perspectives and surprising moments that keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Warchus expertly guides the pacing, ensuring that the repetition never becomes tiresome, but rather serves as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth.

The musical numbers, composed by Tim Minchin, are a delightful addition to the production. The songs are catchy, with lyrics that cleverly reflect the themes of self-reflection and seizing the day. The choreography (Lizzi Gee), executed with precision and flair, adds an extra layer of excitement and dynamism to the overall performance.

Groundhog Day at the Old Vic is a testament to the transformative power of live theatre. It serves as a reminder of the beauty found in life's simplest moments and the significance of embracing change. This production effortlessly balances humour and heart, leaving the audience with a renewed sense of joy and hope.

If you're seeking a theatrical experience that transcends time and leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling, Groundhog Day is an absolute must-see. This exceptional production will undoubtedly captivate audiences of all ages, reminding us that every day is an opportunity for growth, love, and second chances.

Reviewed on Wednesday 21st June 2023
photo credit: Manuel Harlan

{AD PR Invite- tickets gifted in exchange for honest review}

Monday, 1 October 2018

Pretty Woman, Nedelander Theatre | Review

Pretty Woman
Nederlander Theatre
Reviewed on Wednesday 19th September by Olivia Mitchell

The stage adaptation of the 1990 film, Pretty Woman, follows rich businessman Edward who hires Hollywood Boulevard sex worker, Vivian for his six days in Los Angeles and, well, things go from there...

The storyline is problematic in a number of ways, mainly because it centres on a man being able to buy and control a woman whilst she can escape all her issues by using sex. However, in the musical's book by Gary Marshall and JF Lawson, Vivian is self-reliant and assertive. In this show, it's Edward who has more of a journey,  struggling to face the world and relationships that come with it. 

The musical takes almost every element of the film and transfers them to stage with pep and heart. All the famous one liners are there and we are given an extra boost with the musical theatre-rock songs of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. The cast give a sleek performance as well as providing spades of chemistry throughout.

As the leading lady in her Broadway debut, Samantha Barks is both fierce and vulnerable, supplying humour and spot on vocals throughout. Her vocals from start to finish are faultless, with I Can't Go Back being a real memorable moment of the show. As her partner in crime, Andy Karl is sympathetic as Edward and the pair have incredible chemistry. Also stealing scenes are Orfeh who belts as if her life depends on it as best friend Kit; Eric Anderson as Happy Man/Mr Thompson who acts as the every present storyteller and Tommy Bracco who is completely hilarious as Giulio.

Mention must also go to Brian Calì and Allison Blackwell who give spine tingling performances during the La Traviata scene and truly transport us to a grand opera.

Jerry Mitchell is following his winning screen to stage formula with this production and has provided a show which fans of the film will adore. The outstanding leads and tight ensemble make this a high-octane, fun for all show.

Thursday, 6 July 2023

Jersey Boys the Musical Extends Season at the Trafalgar Theatre

The Grammy, Tony, and Olivier award-winning musical Jersey Boys celebrates its 18th birthday after its Broadway debut in 2005. This captivating show takes you behind the music and delves into the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The production is currently booking until January 28, 2024, with Christmas performances now available.

To mark the birthday celebrations, the London production is thrilled to announce its new cast starting from July 26 at the Trafalgar Theatre. Luke Suri continues as Frankie Valli, joined by Karl James Wilson as Nick Massi. Peter Nash takes on the role of Tommy De Vito, and Declan Egan plays Bob Gaudio, having previously portrayed the character at the Piccadilly Theatre and on the UK tour. Together, they complete the Four Seasons.

Additionally, a talented ensemble joins the cast, including Joey Cornish as Joe Pesci, Joseph Peters as Bob Crewe, Andy Barke as Gyp De Carlo, Kirsty Whelan as Mary Delgado, Oliver Tester as Norm Waxman/Hank Majewski, Jacob McIntosh as Barry Belson, Gracie Lai as Lorraine, Rosie Needham as Francine, and others.

This musical has received praise for its combination of tough guys, tender harmonies, a captivating story, and an endless repertoire of hit songs, as noted by The Guardian. The journey follows four guys from New Jersey who captivated audiences with their unique sound. From their humble beginnings to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this musical is a captivating tale. The show features the beloved songs of The Four Seasons, including "Beggin'," "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)," and many more.

Howard Panter, producer for Trafalgar Entertainment Productions, expresses excitement about reaching the milestone of 18 years for Jersey Boys. He looks forward to witnessing the incredible new cast deliver the legendary hits that have made the musical a smash hit.

Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, Jersey Boys has garnered numerous prestigious awards and has been seen by millions of people worldwide. The show opened to rave reviews at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Theatre in July 2021.

Originally opening on Broadway in November 2005 and running for over 11 years, Jersey Boys became the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history. In London's West End, it ran for nine amazing years from 2008 to 2017, ranking as the sixth longest-running musical at the time. The musical has also completed three record-breaking tours in the UK and Ireland.

As a special offer in July, patrons can use the promo code 4JULY for any performance and enjoy a complimentary drink, such as a Frankie cocktail or Brooklyn Lager, with their Band A seat.

photo credit: Matt Crockett