The London Palladium – Argyle Street

THE LONDON PALLADIUM

Review by Michael Darlton: Opening Night: Followed on from the Front Page link (in Red)

The whole cast are enjoyable to watch and all wonderfully talented – but at times the piece is slightly under-dance Troopwhelming.

The star of the show for me was the highly committed and fully energized James T. Lane, who plays Richie. His song, dance and story provide the kind of ‘pizzazz’ that this show needs. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, playing Diana, gives a touching performance when she sings ‘What I Did For Love’. The audience also enjoy the witty and wry lines of the ageing and vampish Sheila, played by Leigh Zimmerman.

The show is two hours, and moves quickly with a good pace and use of light and shade. There is no set and no special effects, the characters, songs and stories are the show. The cast certainly fill the stage, and there is no lack of things to watch or action to witness. I just think the story has somehow lost its credibility, and without any updates or innovations the show fails to compete with other musicals revivals currently playing

London dance troopDirected by Bob Avian, who is the show’s original choreographer, the late Marvin Hamlisch’s musical score is here in great show-business celebration. Musical Theatre lovers and fans of the score and show will love it, but those who are not familiar with the story, or who don’t pre-hear the lines of the characters and songs will probably feel slightly isolated and wonder what all the fuss is about.

London dance troop

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