Review – Celebrity Autobiography, Leicester Square Theatre

Monday 11 October 2010

This post is briefly to say that Phil has been called upon to verify Andrew’s gushing Edinburgh review of Celebrity Autobiography and has concurred with the findings of Andrew’s original report. These are words you are unlikely to hear again: Andrew was right. Urg.

The Whingers dropped in to the Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday evening when the line up (which varies from night to night) featured CA creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel plus Bridget Christie, Doon Mackichan, James Lance, Tiffany Stevenson, Smack The Pony‘s Doon Mackichan, Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie and someone called David Tennant.

It’s almost unfair to single out Michael Urie as Phil’s favourite as there wasn’t a weak link. Every cast member milked each celebrity pontification to the point they’re even more hilariously unbelievable than they already were. The Whingers did worry a bit that celebrities might now be afraid to put pen (or someone else’s pen) to paper again.

Not that they read them; Phil hasn’t dipped into one since Pat Phoenix’s All My Burning Bridges in 1974 and Andrew has had no need for further celebrity literature since stumbling across his now much thumbed copy of Marlene Dietrich’s ABC in a second-hand bookshop (from memory: “There are three things a woman can create out of nothing: a hat, a salad and an argument”).

But as long as people keep churning them out Celebrity Autobiography has a future and that alone is a good enough reason for publishers to commission them.

Thursday’s show was principally  the same as the version Andrew saw in Edinburgh but with the addition of some thrillingly vapid pearls of wisdom from the writings of David Cassidy, Destiny’s Child and N’Sync.

Some lines – such as Diana Ross’s “I was in a wet dream” – will keep the Whinges chortling for days. Hysterical. Unmissable.

Celebrity Autobiography returns to the Leicester Square Theatre for three more dates 8 November 2010, 13 December 2010, 10 January 2011.


Rating score 5-5 our cups overfloweth

8 Responses to “Review – Celebrity Autobiography, Leicester Square Theatre”

  1. glenwj Says:

    i so wish this would come to Australia

  2. JohnnyFox Says:

    Would it be ungenerous to suggest that show creators Mr and Mrs Eugene Pack/Dayle Reyfel are just the tiniest bit creepy?

    Tiny being a euphemism for quite a bit.

  3. Paulinlondon Says:

    Actually even if the show’s creators are creepy it is a great concept… I was just reading Cherie Blair’s autobiography and thought that would be an excellent candidate for this show…

  4. Kat Says:

    I was endlessly distracted by Mr Pack’s audible similarities to Kermit the Frog. ADORED Dayle Reyfel though. She was a marvellous Debbie Reynolds on Tuesday. What did David Tennant read? Was he amazing?

  5. David Says:

    We were there Thursday evening as well and concur completely. David Tennant was superb as David Cassidy sort-of having sex in a couldn’t be bothered way with his co-star, and a sublime Richard Burton…

  6. pinky Says:

    saw the show on Friday night & thought it was absolutely fantastic! love love michael urie & hope he’ll come back for more shows soon!

  7. Ali67 Says:

    It is fantastic… So hysterical and the cast really do get every laugh possible from the material. It would make a great radio programme too…

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