Posts Tagged ‘Les Dennis’

Review – She Loves Me, Menier Chocolate Factory

Tuesday 29 November 2016

slm-220x300You wait for ever for a seductively old-fashioned and tuneful period musical about a shop assistant falling in love, staged handsomely on four turntables and you get two in a row. What are the chances?

Following on the heels of the winning Half A Sixpence comes the Menier’s seasonal offering She Loves Me (book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock).

Essence It’s based on a play by Hungarian playwright Miklós László that inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime and You’ve Got Mail. Tinder is yet to be invented and Amalia (Scarlett Strallen) and Georg (Mark Umbers), correspond gushingly in old-style ink (hurrah!) despite never having met, until that is, Amalia wheedles her way into a job at Maraczek’s Parfumerie in Budapest where Georg happens to work. 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 »