Well researched and very well staged, it manages to convey the (his)story very well in little over 2 hours, though it still seems like work-in-progress. I think the reviewers have been very harsh on this, but maybe it's their fault for chosing a relatively high profile opening instead of a lower profile try-out. The low key ending is a huge mistake. - Gareth James
21 Feb 07
I wondered how this could possibly form the basis of a musical but, having just seen the straight play Keeler about the same subject, I now see the point of setting this to song. While the songs themselves weren't very memorable, the form helped to emphasise the drama of the situation, something the straight play version doesn't achieve. Everyone gives good performances, especially Emma Williams whose voice I particuarly enjoyed - rich and expressive. The 60s fashions really suit her too, she looked terrific. Of the two productions, this is by far the better one. - Backdrifter
19 Feb 07
Not hugely impressed to be honest. The subject matter in theory is the perfect basis for a musical, but in practise scenes are clunky and I failed to care about any of the characters, despite Emma Williams being on top form. The songs are ok, no particular show stoppers and only a few memorable tunes. Dance routines were of a pretty low standard and opportunities for really impressive chorus numbers weren't taken. It's also fairly obvious that the show has not been directed by someone who is particularly known as working on musicals. Blocking is dull and uninspiring. The set is ok; simple and purpose built, but if this production is to ever see a transfer into the West End it just needs to be much bigger in every sense. - Mark
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