Michael Coveney, as usual, is way out of touch. You don't go to an entirely spontaneously devised musical for a finished article, doh. And yet as I was there last night, I can report Showstopper is definitely a much more accomplished musical undertaking than most - it had, for me (and clearly for everyone else there save MC), more melody, more wit and more ingenuity than most musicals that takes months and years to write. And unlike Forbidden Broadway, which requires an almost clubbish knowledge of the minutiae of current shows, Showstopper revels in many glorious and cringeworthy elements of the musical genre that are universally recognisable. It's by far the most entertaining thing I've seen on the fringe all year, and I can only marvel at how they do it. - Theatresquirrel
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