This is the UK premiere of a show that was a huge off-Broadway success in New York. It is a fresh and cheeky new musical with original songs written by Donna Moore.
Meet three ladies with different stories, Mary-Marie the established Cougar running a cougar bar,
Clarity a woman with a thesis to write on the rise of the cougar and Lily who is recently divorced and
looking for a life. We follow their journey as they pursue their aims and men.
This is a comedy musical, the songs at times firmly tongue-in-cheek, especially Julio, with some
interesting props. The humour is not subtle, but that doesn’t matter, this is an easy-going, relaxed
piece of theatre to enjoy and laugh out loud with. There are, however, touching moments in Love is
Ageless and Mothers Love. The latter strikes a chord with every mother in the audience with
beautiful harmonies changing the tone of the show for a moment.
There are only four cast members, the three ladies and one very versatile young man. Barnaby
Hughes plays all the men in the story with clear definition of character between each one. His
characters are meant to be the object of desire for the ladies in the story, he is well cast. Suanne
Braun (Mary-Marie), Dawn Hope (Clarity) and Pippa Winslow (Lily) bring the story to life with energy, enthusiasm and believability.
With a versatile colourful set, imaginative projection, strong vocals and music this production looks
and sounds great. It is a story with a heart and a message about strong women. While it’s a perfect show to see on a girls night out, it also appeals to a wider audience.
Cougar The Musical is guaranteed to be a truly funny and highly entertaining evening.
The show runs until the 6 June. Tickets for Cougar The Musical are available to book from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or by visiting www.belgrade.co.uk.
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