Posts Tagged ‘George Maguire’

Review – Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead Theatre

Saturday 26 April 2014

Sunny_Afternoon-342x800” It’s not about the words. It’s about the atmosphere” says Ray Davies (John Dagleish) towards the end of the new Kinks’ musical. How apt.

By the finale, that atmosphere was something akin to a party. A party of people jiggling around (but not like their dads at discos – for this audience was largely too elderly to have parents still alive), in the form of a stage-managed standing dancing ovation. Sunny Afternoon is looking to the West End. Not very rock and roll. It ends up wanting to be Mamma Mia. Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story, Tristan Bates Theatre

Wednesday 20 April 2011

You might be surprised to learn that people occasionally try to pick the Whingers’ curdled brains about what to see in the West End. We always are. We freely concede to knowing nothing. Yet, peculiarly some misguided folk are foolish enough to canvass our opinions.

Thankfully there is often just one thing which we agree is the absolute must-see du jour. The crown of 2009’s Jerusalem‘s passed readily to 2010’s Clybourne Park, and since few accord our atypical delirium over The Umbrellas of Cherbourg our latest chirrup is a duet endorsing the serial-killer “musical” London “umm, impatiens” Road.

And queerly, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Tristan Bates Theatre) follows London Road as our second musical about grisly murder in a week. Read the rest of this entry »