Reviewed by Sophie Ross
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Reviewer rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

This week, the Addams Family UK Tour stops at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and we took a trip to see the cooky clan in action. This comedy horror musical genre, tells the story of Wednesday Addams (Carrie Hope Fletcher) as she falls for “normal” boy Lucas Beineke (Oliver Ormson). Worried what her Mother Morticia (Samantha Womack) may think, she confides in her Father Gomez (Cameron Blakely) but with secrets come consequences. Featuring an absolute stellar soundtrack and from what we’ve heard, the show has gone from strength to strength since opening back in April, we were excited to be in the audience. Starting the show with a catchy song “When You’re An Addams”, its safe to say that the audience were hooked from the get go. With the all so famous Addams Family clicks and a sea of smiles on faces, we knew we were in for a great night.

The show features a great bill of performers, all of which play vital parts in what makes this company so strong. Carrie Hope Fletcher proves why she is one of the strongest and acclaimed performers as she puts on a powerful performance as troubled teen Wednesday. She has so much light and shade to her acting abilities and it shines through in this role. Her vocals captivate the audience and you can tell that she puts her heart and soul into every word that she sings.

Womack plays Morticia with sass and you’ll leave mesmersed by Blakely’s performance as Gomez – the pair making the perfect duo. They play the balance of a married couple with charm and truth and work incredibly well together. Their shining moment in Act 2 when they tango and quite honestly, it’s something very special.

Samantha Womack as Morticia Addams and Cameron Blakely as Gomez Addams (centre) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Matt Martin (2)_edited-2.jpg

As well as seriousness, the show is filled with comedy from the other principles. Scott Paige inparticually caught our eye. Stepping into the role of Fester on the night that we attended, he played that character with ease. With incredible comedic timing, a brilliant vocal and just generally a whole bag of fun, we loved his performance and it was a joy to see his portrayal of the character.

The theme of acceptance runs throughout this piece and teaches us to embrace the differences we all have. The lyrics by Andrew Lippa fit the complexities of the story and fit the show perfectly. The book, by Rick Elice may not be the most original storyline to ever come to light but with a cast as good as they’ve got, the story becomes important and is very well put across to the audience. It really is a show filled with almost every emotion you can imagine but makes for a wonderful night out at the theatre.

To find a tour date near you, head to the website: https://www.theaddamsfamily.co.uk/tour/

You can check out our interview with Carrie here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di-omRBcmqQ&t=736s

 

Shoshana Bean is currently staring as leading lady Fanny Brice at the North Shore theatre in Massachusetts. Playing her dream role, gaining rave reviews and giving it her all, she is literally killing the game and proving she is the greatest star. The role, originated by Barbara Streisand back in 1968, tells the story of a young woman with big dreams who won’t let anyone rain on her parade to get to the top.

The show was recently revived in London and is open until October at the Savoy Theatre but this timeless classic is overdue a Broadway return.

Check out Shoshana in action below “Hello Gorgeous”…

It’s that time of year when our inner stagey reemerges as we await the Tony nominations. This year marks the 70th annual awards which are hosted by funny man James Corden on June 12th at the Beacon Theatre. With smash hit Hamilton making record breaking nominations, this years show is certainly not one to be missed.

Take a look at the full list below…

Best Play

Eclipsed (Author – Danai Gurira)
The Father (Author – Florian Zeller)
The Humans (Author – Stephen Karam)
King Charles III (Author – Mike Bartlett)

Best Musical

Bright Star
Hamilton
School of Rock
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Waitress

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical

Bright Star – Steve Martin
Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock – Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre

Bright Star -Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell/Lyrics: Eddie Brickell
Hamilton – Music/Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock – Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber/Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Waitress -Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabriel Byrne –  Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels – Blackbird
Frank Langella – The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith – King Charles III
Mark Strong – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Jessica Lange – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf – Misery
Lupita Nyong’o – Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams  – Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Alex Brightman – School of Rock
Danny Burstein – Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Lev –  She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr. – Hamilton


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti – She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack – Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo – The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller – Waitress
Phillipa Soo – Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney – The Humans
Bill Camp – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr – Noises Off
Richard Goulding – King Charles III
Michael Shannon – Long Day’s Journey Into Night


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Pascale Armand – Eclipsed
Megan Hilty –Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell – The Humans
Andrea Martin – Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh – Eclipsed


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Daveed Diggs –Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald – Waitress
Jonathan Groff – Hamilton
Christopher Jackson – Hamilton


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry – Hamilton
Jane Krakowski – She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard – Disaster!
Adrienne Warren – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt – Thérèse Raquin
Christopher Oram – Hughie
Jan Versweyveld – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn – The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin & Finn Ross – American Psycho
David Korins – Hamilton
Santo Loquasto – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell – She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Michael Krass – Noises Off
Clint Ramos – Eclipsed
Tom Scutt – King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes – Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie – She Loves Me
Ann Roth – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell – Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend – The Humans
Jan Versweyveld – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Jan Versweyveld – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley – Hamilton
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton – Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend – American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold -King Charles III
Jonathan Kent – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello – The Humans
Liesl Tommy, – Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove –  Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden – Spring Awakening
John Doyle – The Color Purple
Scott Ellis – She Loves Me
Thomas Kail – Hamilton
George C. Wolfe  – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler – Hamilton
Savion Glover – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter – Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner – Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo – On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan


Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen – Bright Star
Larry Hochman – She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire – Hamilton
Daryl Waters – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Following it’s sold our run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Funny Girl makes it’s West End transfer to the famous Savoy Theatre. A familiar surrounding for leading lady Sheridan Smith who previously strutted her stuff as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde back in 2010 at this very venue. This stunning theatre is the perfect place for this true classic to come to life and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

The buzz from the packed audience was electric with two fidgety theatre goers beside us who couldn’t contain their excitement as the orchestra began to play. The show starts with a beautiful over tune of snippets from the score before Fanny Brice (Sheridan Smith) arrives on centre stage, “hello gorgeous”. That’s it, we’re hooked already.

CgmL_tyWkAAXwXl

Smith truly dazzles in this show. It is almost as if this role was in her destiny. She portrays the character so well and with so much ease. Her stage presence, humour and wit all mirror the characteristics of Ms Brice. What’s refreshing is that she really does put her own spin on such an iconic role (originally performed by Barbara Streisand) which gives it a whole new level of greatness. No-one is raining on her parade.

Former Popstars finalist Darius Campbell also gives a stellar performance as Mr Arnstien. He is slick, cool and ticks all the right boxes. The paring between him and Smith is also captivating and overall it was a fantastic, moving, piece of art.

The ensemble add so much light heartedness and fun to the piece and like any, are the back bone of the musical. They ooze so much talent and really do put everything into what they are doing. In our opinion, they are just as important as the principles.

The show did have a few different qualities to the original movie but it really does do it justice. With a full live Orchestra it gives the show real class and elegance, which a classic such as this deserves to have. With the Menier run, the company were very limited on stage space so with the transfer, it has just created a whole different feel which is very exciting.

The run time is 2 hours 45 mins and ended with a full audience standing ovation which left Sheridan teary and overwhelmed. Her humbleness in that moment struck as being so special and something she most certainly deserved. It just shows how down to earth she is and how she truly loves being up on that stage.

This performance is something that is not to be missed and if you can get a ticket, we highly recommend you do. It’s time to laugh, feel many emotions and see the greatest star in action.

You can buy ticket’s here http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/funny-girl/savoy-theatre/