House (Cambridge Theatre)
to the 132 hit songs of Cliff Richard, the 24 top 20 singles of
Madness are small potatoes.
thought about a musical for a long time, yes..." says
Suggs of Madness to our Entertainment correspondent
Brenda Emmanus. See more and watch extracts from
here (3,694Kb/ 02'12")
after the grim experience of hearing a massive chunk of Cliff's
back catalogue raided for the dire tribute show Cliff
- the Musical, the magic that playwright Tim Firth has worked
on creating an original musical out of the Madness songs, and the
dazzling showmanship and craft of a galvanising production by Matthew
Warchus, is all the more apparent.
the intervention of a big personality in a small role threatens
to unbalance a real ensemble show, Suggs acquits himself well..."
it first opened at the Cambridge Theatre last October, it didn't
entirely work, though there was also no doubting that this was an
extremely ambitious show.
not only to fold some well-known pop songs into a new story, as
opposed to simply doing a tribute-band style revue, Our House is
also a fully plot-driven musical with a social conscience that functions
as a modern morality tale.
are in fact two parallel plots for the lead character, Joe (the
excellent newcomer Michael Jibson), to follow - and to demonstrate
how one fateful decision could lead his life into two totally different
is himself playing the role of the father for a week only
(to March 22)
the film Sliding Doors meets the British musical Blood
Brothers in which, on a 16th birthday date with his girlfriend
Sarah, Joe breaks into a building site - and when the police arrive,
Good Joe decides to face the music (and begins a life of punishments)
while Bad Joe does a runner - and begins a life of crime, following
in the footsteps of his late father, who also functions as the show's
singer/songwriter Suggs is himself playing the role of the father
for a week only (to March 22), and though the intervention of a
big personality in a small role threatens to unbalance a real ensemble
show, he acquits himself well.
also far brisker in pace and mood than when it first opened, seeing
the show again reveals the wittiest choreography in town and a stage
exploding in kinetic energy.
House is at the Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street WC2, booking until
27 September. Tickets £12.50 - £40. Box Office: 020