BIG FISH (musical)
Ends 31st December
Edward Bloom's father spins extraordinary tales. When father and son take a
journey, both change forever.
Kelsey Grammer stars in an Andrew Lippa / John August musical, Nigel Harman
A mixed set of exciting one-off events are also scheduled for the next few
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"The Studio" schedule:
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The Barricade Boys - Christmas Cabaret
Tuesday 5 December to Saturday 23 December 2017 at 8pm
Thursday and Saturday matinee performances 3pm
Tickets £20 & £25
After sell-out performances in London’s West End, an appearance at the St James
Theatre on Broadway and many international dates, “The Barricade Boys” are
quickly securing their place as theatre land’s newest and most exciting male
Come and join the Christmas party as they, not only, perform the world’s
greatest show tunes but also celebrate music from some of the most iconic names
in the music industry, from powerful ballads and beautiful operatic arias to
some of the best pop, rock and swing numbers of all time.
As well as appearing in the World’s longest running musical, Les Misèrables, and
playing major leading roles in musical theatre “The Barricade Boys” have being
guests on many primetime TV shows including, “The Paul O’Grady Show”, “Sunday
Night at the Palladium”, “Children In Need”, “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night
Takeaway” and most recently “Best Time Ever” with Neil Patrick Harris.
(Seen at the afternoon performance on 18th November 2017).
Basically a shaggy dog-fish story, with a reasonable payoff line. Trouble is,
there's a fair amount of brackish water to swim through first.
As with many post-2000 American musicals, the emotions are spelled out along
with the plot, catering for those with under-developed faculties and
concentration thanks to modern television and other minute-long distractions. A
few Twitter re-tweet style homilies are thrown in for ballast, but there's not
much substance in book or lyric for almost the entire event. Come to that, the
monkey would be hard-pressed to remember a note of the score either, alas.
It isn't all bad news. As the monkey says, the pay-off strikes the right
note, and Nigel Harman demonstrates some sound direction. Sadly, the sound
designers Avgousos Psillas and Luke Swaffield are less gifted, some decidedly
off key and muddy notes in there, alas. Luckily it looks good, with a nod to
Duncan McLean for projections and Tom Rogers for set and costumes.
Of the cast, Kelsey Grammer was the reason the monkey booked, and he doesn't
disappoint in his small role as the fantasist father connecting with his son
before it is too late. Shades of his most famous role creep into his speaking
voice, but his mannerisms are unique to the role and he can sing a little when
required. Alter-ego Will (Jamie Muscato) carries the story and if his voice
sounded odd at times, the monkey put it down to the sound system rather than the
As son Will, Matthew Seadon-Young copes with the irascible man, with wife
Josephine (Frances McNamee) and mother Sandra (Clare Burt) both making the most
of their slim roles too.
There's some lovely work from Landi Oshinowo as a Witch and old friend Jenny,
and Dean Nolan as Karl. A nod too for Forbes Masson as Amos and Don, Laura
Baldwin's (Story Sandra) movement and Sophie Linder-Lee (Mermaid). As an
ensemble, Liam Steel has them all working highly successfully - a circus hoop
sequence particularly notable for inventiveness and the second act's "Red, White
and True" for style.
If you are prepared to accept endless stories and anecdotes (a few pretty
decent jokes, though), give the characters full concentration and allow for the
pseudo-subtleties of the whole affair, it's a pleasant enough experience, just
not (for the monkey, at least) the tuna of tuners, alas.