Daniel Fletcher (Elwood) and Brad Renshaw (Jake) share the spirit of the original in this high energy, fast paced show. Both are vocally capable, and Fletcher does a good job in recapturing the deadpan persona of Aykroyd's creation.
The two leads share the majority of the songs and are happy belting out the well-known tracks but the real stand out numbers are the two slow blues songs sung by Renshaw and a slowed down version of "Under the Boardwalk" led by Fletcher.
The 'brothers' are capably backed by the Bluettes - Jocasta Almgill, Alexus Ruth and Vicky Goddard. They are also each given an opportunity to showcase their voices as is ASM/understudy Luke Jasztal. There is also a seven piece band under the directorship of David Foster, who make sure that the music is powerful enough to rock the auditorium.
This never pretends to be more than a concert tribute to the seventies and eighties musical comedy creation, and as such the set is a concert stage and costumes are designed the same way. However both are adequate although not outstanding.
This could never be described as a sophisticated night out, but it's certainly a great deal of fun for those who attend.
- Helen Jones