Peter McGarry is an experienced,
independent professional theatre critic who has agreed to
review Talisman Theatre productions.
Peter is free to express his opinions for good or ill. The
Talisman Theatre has no control whatsoever over the content
of these reviews and will not comment publicly on what he
Musical of Musicals - The Musical!
If you donít know your musical
theatre, this would be like being at a party where you donít
share the in-joke.
On the other hand, if you can
tell your fringe-topped surreys from your fearsome phantoms
you might well savour having the insight.
Here we have four brilliant
actor-singers performing their hearts out on a convoluted
concoction of mock show songs linked by a slender thread
and teetering on the edge of recognition. As the hills come
alive, the informed consumer is clearly invited to climb
Itís clever stuff, without
a doubt. To what degree it verges on clever-dickery rather
depends on what tickles your fancy.
Of the five sections devoted
to specific composers, the Lloyd Webber bit comes nearest
to generally accessible humour with its visual jokes about
subterranean opera house waterways, roller skaters and a
faded movie star diva. The rest? Well, the opening lyric
along the lines of Ďoh what beautiful corní sets the pattern.
And what follows is often heavily over-stated.
But director Steve Smith and
choreographer Clive Bennett work well to keep things moving
and the players, Kim Arnold, Kenny Robinson, Kevin Wing
and Val Whitlock, all clearly having a ball, display superb
It would be great to see them
all in something of real artistic substance.