Review – The World Goes Round

Sunday 11 February 2007

The World Goes RoundWhat theatrical diversion could a Whinger possibly find to while away a wet Saturday February evening in Clapham?

Andrew was sitting somewhat disconsolately in the bar of the Clapham Picture House having just been to see For Your Consideration (disappointing; not up to A Mighty Wind or Best in Show by any means) with Agency Phil and Canadian Bryn.

But Lady Luck smiled upon them and they noticed in the Time Out theatre listings that the nearby Landor Theatre was hosting a production of the Kander & Ebb revue, The World Goes Round.

First produced off-Broadway in 1991, the show features 30 Kander & Ebb songs strung together quite elegantly without any pesky dialogue or plot to get in the way of the tunes (although at this venue over a pub on the Clapham/Stockwell/Brixton borders the music was quite frequently punctuated by police sirens).

The show features songs from Chicago and Cabaret (obviously) with a smattering from The Rink, 70,Girls, 70, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Woman of the Year, and a few others.

All were sung with gusto by Karl Clarkson, Georgie Fellows, Richard Mulholland, Caroline Newman and Susan Raasay with a five piece band under the musical direction of Heather Weir.

If some of the performances were a bit underpowered (and flat!), it really didn’t matter. You’re onto the next song before you know it and with Kander and Ebb there’s always something amusing around the corner. We particularly enjoyed “The Grass is Always Greener” from Woman of the Year. Finishing with “New York, New York” sung in five languages was a nice twist on an old chestnut

The Landor Theatre could fulfil a too-empty musical theatre niche in the fringe scene. Its production of Follies in October last year was a surprise hit (the Whingers couldn’t get tickets for love nor money and they tried both) garnering rave reviews. Promisingly, its schedule for this year includes an amateur production of Into the Woods, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

11 June 07 Update: here’s our  review of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

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