Set in a theatre, showing the daily roles Ushers play, and their turmoils, this 6-hander is an utter sensation from start to finish.
Directors/Producers Adam Lacey and Karl Steele have succeeded in creating a side-splitting, but at the same time, very moving production of this fantastic show.
The lyrics and script are relatable and accessible to any audience, however if you have worked front of house - like me - this will particularly tickle you. In numbers like Spend Per Head we see the profitable nature of the theatre being mocked and it's hilarious.
Dazzling choreography from Sarah Haines and uplifting piano accompaniment, complements a hugely competent cast of vocalists, musically directed by Nick Allen. With sensational layered harmonies and a powerful sound, it was hard to believe there was only 6 members in the cast.
The range of voices not only complemented one another, but the solo turns spotlighted well crafted vocal performances from all involved. With exceptional casting, individual performances were thoroughly convincing, particularly the humour between Rosie (Hannah Kilroy) and Lucy (Cecily Redmond). Kilroy is a born comedian, her facial expressions alone could entertain for hours, whilst Redmond's voice is stunning as she belts the high notes.
Aidan Cutler as Gary and Bradley Walwyn as Ben make a delightful duo as we see the journey of their endearing relationship and their strive to keep each other. Whilst Alex Wadham has a powerful and soaring voice, which brings his solo number to life - and his on stage romance with Cecily provides a sweet comedy that we are all rooting for.
It was equally great to see a villain in the piece; greedy stage manager Robin Pockitts played by Andrew Weeks makes exceptionally entertaining appearances, both live on stage and via the TV advertising channel - a nice touch.
Filled with theatre puns throughout, the audience roared with laughter. Not only was the material they had to play with excellent, they did it more than justice. The touches of authentic props and set, alongside the genuine interval ice creams sold by the cast, added yet another level to this production.
All in all it was a beyond excellent evening of entertainment.
Love Midlands Theatre
Sharing the latest theatre news and reviews around the Midlands.