enthusiastic crowd were treated to the very best of the Gershwin's
music in this new national touring production of the Broadway and
West End favourite that packed 'em in for a decade.
production, directed by Lincoln Theatre Royal's Chris Colby, has
more of a repertory feel about it and he has given many of the musical
numbers a makeover. Sometimes it works - sometimes it doesn't.
central characters: Polly played by the talented Melanie Stace and
Bobby by the versatile Darren Bennett, give it 100%+ and excelled
in both dance and vocals.
was superb doing his impersonation of the flamboyant impresario
Bela Zangler. The role of Bobby is a demanding one and he is certainly
up to the challenge.
sang a wistful 'Someone to watch over me' and has the kind of confidence
to admire and makes her character larger than life.
cast supports all of this with Mark Wynter as the real Bela, Jenny
Cox as a sultry Irene and Christopher Beeny and Sue Hodge as the
English eccentrics and scene-stealers Eugene and Patricia Fodor.
music directed by Jonathan Gill and a good sized band the Gershwin
melodies ring out loud and clear. After Birmingham this production
continues on tour until the end of August.
by Clive Fuller
a BBC Birmingham reviewer »