I made it no secret that when I saw Strictly Ballroom The Musical during its April previews, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t what I was expecting in the slightest and I walked away underwhelmed. However, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a few months away from the show. It’s had a chance to polish the rough edges (and change up the songs a fair bit), and there’s even been a slight cast change. So four months on from its opening, did Strictly Ballroom The Musical get the chance to wow me?
I’m not entirely sure what I watched at the Arts Theatre when I attended the press night for Knights Of The Rose, but it wasn’t what I signed up for. Andy Moss and Katie Birtill were so positive about the production when I interviewed them a couple of weeks prior to Knights Of The Rose opening, but did they genuinely think the show they were in was good?
I’m going to hold my hands up and say that until recently I had never seen The King And I, despite it being on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular musicals. It’s a film that my mum absolutely adores, but I’d just never managed to catch it in full. Thanks to London Box Office I was able to catch the Tony Award winning transfer from the Lincoln Center at the London Palladium.
I’ve seen a lot of shows produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment over the past year that I’ve loved – Pippin, Yank, Spring Awakening and The Toxic Avenger were all brilliant – so when I heard she was bringing a song cycle to the Union Theatre, I was definitely interested. It’s Only Life brings together five performers following a story of longing, wisdom, fulfillment, loss and triumph, tying these feelings with songs by John Bucchino.
Matilda The Musical will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the last theatre trip I had before I went to uni. A couple of days before moving north, Mum and I spent the day in London and ended it with a trip to see the show at the Cambridge Theatre, and I loved it. I’ve been meaning to return ever since but it’s never really worked out for me, until it went on tour. Kicking off at the Leicester Curve, followed by Dublin and Sunderland, Matilda The Musical UK Tour is playing at Milton Keynes Theatre until the end of June and the folks of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas are in for a treat.