I went to another show in London yesterday afternoon and really enjoyed it – 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
I’ve been to a lot of the London shows in the last few years, but this one I would recommend as the best and most spectacular. If someone from overseas or out of town asks you which show to go and see, well I’d say this one, it won’t disappoint.
I like going to these things without looking them up too much in advance, or looking at the promotional photos, so I can enjoy being surprised, and I’m so glad I did that this time.
I don’t want to say too much about the scenes and staging I really enjoyed, so it doesn’t ruin someone else’s surprise, but some things really ‘wowed’ me and put a smile on my face. Absolutely fantastic dancing, big cast, beautiful costumes and nice staging ideas.
Also, I wondered how many songs I might recognise and it came to five, more than I’d expected. Fantastic live ‘big band’ style orchestra, wonderful sound.
Went a bit mad at the end and bought the programme, the mug, the CD and the fridge magnet!
- Wow! How amazing to have found so many men who are young and attractive and physically hunky, who can sing (albeit with light/show and not operatic voices), dance and have the good British English Gilbert & Sullivan needs.
- Interesting to hear different male voice types, from low voices through light tenor to falsetto/countertenor.
- The guy doing Buttercup stood out as very confident and with such perfect diction.
- I found the idea at the end of people shedding their ‘camp’ accessories and rubbing off their make-up – sort of going back to the real world – strangely moving.
- Considering the ticket price, disappointed it was only with piano and not orchestra – a bit amateurish.
- Not even an attempt to vary the set eg after the interval – pretty basic.
- Two people holding a rope to portray a ship’s rail is a nice simple production idea and is clever once – but boring repeatedly.
- The falsetto voices don’t really work in chorus – the mixed ensembles seemed weak.
- I was expecting a touch of the traditional updating of words to reflect current affairs, especially in the current climate, but it didn’t happen. Maybe it’s only done in The Mikado.
Overall really enjoyed it and would recommend the show.
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