Brief Quarterly Reviews: January - March 2018

The Review Chap’s Brief Quarterly Reviews
January – March 2018

I was asked recently how many shows I had seen this year, so decided to put together a brief review of the first three months of 2018. Some shows have been reviewed more fully already, and some will appear shortly. In the meantime, here are my thoughts and stars!

Follies ★★★★★National Theatre
An exquisite production of Sondheim’s musical masterpiece
Bananaman ★ – Southwark Playhouse
Silly superhero story with a few good performances
La Soiree ★★★– Aldwych Theatre
Unusual, raunchy, clever cabaret and circus acts
Wicked ★★★– Apollo Victoria Theatre
Broadway musical beautifully produced but bland
Tomorrow Creeps ★★★★– Vaults
Immersive performances of a challenging Shakespeare-inspired mash-up
Eugenius – ★★★★★The Other Palace – see review
Feel-Good superhero story with great 80s-style music
Aladdin ★★★★★– Prince Edward
Broadway musical theatre at its best
2Become1 ★★★★– Vaults
Clever revue with excellent performances
Rothschild and Co ★★★– Park Theatre
A fascinating insight into the birth of the Rothschild banking dynasty
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie  ★★★★★– – Apollo
Fabulous heart-felt British musical with a great score and wonderful performances
Pippin – ★★★★★–  Southwark Playhouse – see review
Magical musical with a wonderful score and super-talented ensemble
Crazy For You –★★★★ New Wimbledon Theatre
Stylish Gershwin-inspired musical with wonderful actor/musicians
Brief Encounter –★★★★★ Empire Cinema
A beautiful romantic reimagining of Noel Coward’s film and music
School of Rock ★★★★– New London Theatre
Gutsy musical inspired by the film with knockout performances from a young gifted ensemble
Miss Nightingale  ★★★★★– Hippodrome Casino – see review
Clever, intimate musical with a moving story and original songs
The Country Wife ★★★★– Southwark Playhouse
Flappers, fun and fornication in this very astute reimagining of a restoration comedy
Sondheim on Sondheim ★★★★– Royal Festival Hall
Superb concert with Stephen Sondheim telling his life story accompanied by BBC Concert Orchestra

Looking forward to the next quarter with All or Nothing, Quiz, Strictly Ballroom, Sunset Boulevard, Twang!!, The Best Man, Before 30, The Winslow Boy, The Rink and, no doubt, many more along the way!