Ends 3rd January
Bob and Phil team up with Betty and Judy to put on a show that
will save their old Army General's hotel from financial ruin.
Aled Jones, Tom Chambers, Wendi Peters, Graham Cole, Rachel Stanley
and Louise Bowden head the cast of this movie to stage adaptation.
Professional reviewers find this cheery enough - and it both looks and sounds
good, with spectacular sets and a full 18 pieces in the orchestra pit. The music
itself of course sparkles as only Berlin can do...and yet for most, there's
This various writers ascribe to either the book, which is
considered serviceable but a bit of a meandering plod at best; or the central
casting of Aled Jones and Tom Chambers. Believable buddies? Not really, for most
reviewers, though all note that both sing and dance to the highest standard. A
few also feel there's a lack of chemistry with leading ladies Rachel Stanley and
Louise Bowden too, though again both give outstanding performances. In a smaller
role, Wendi Peters also makes an impression too, but the overall feeling is that
a certain bite is lacking. It's warm but not as cosy as might be expected.
Still, a safe choice for the older generation and a very decent seasonal
treat, is the feeling.
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