This show is not a 5 but a 10!
Great songs, well performed,
powerful performances that make
you feel part of the show.
Best show seen in a long time,
a definate must see! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
10 Sep 01
I went to the Bridewell on Saturday. I was amazed the audience was so small. The Bridewell is ony 150 and out of the way but it's worth making the effort. Come on you musicals fans, this show is fabulous and rarely performed. Don't miss it! It's just been released for amateur societies so, if you want to see how it's staged, I suggest you go. It closes in three weeks. The opening number of "The New World" sets the scene with a broad white sail and the cast of four on a "ship". It's a powerful song and is reprised with transitions and a reprise at the very end. The cast of four included Nigel Richards of Les Mis and Martin Guerre. A rich, vibrant baritone who conveyed a gamut of emotions from optimism to despair. The highlight of the whole show was the heart-stoppingly beautiful duet "I'd Give It All For You" with the rising young diva-in-the-making, Golda Rasheuvel. What a voice. What a fabulous actress. She's on the JCS video if you want to check her out. Her showstopper for me was "I'm Not Afraid of Anything". She has an incredibly expressive face that just moves you to tears. The effervescent Craig Purnell, recently starring as Dickon in The Secret Garden, bounced a basket ball onto the stage in "Steam Train", a macho, groin thrusting upbeat number that put a whole new slant on the song. He winked and eyeballed the front row throughout which was kind of disconcerting but fun! He is less strong a singer then Nigel Edwards who has an extremely powerful, rich voice, but I enjoyed his acting in all the songs. The weakest singer was sadly Sarah Redmond. She was chosen for her acting I suppose. I was so disappointed with "Just One Step". It was weak and underpowered. Shame. She also sang two of my favourite songs, the lyrical "The Stars and The Moon" and the powerful "Flagmaker". Sadly her singing of both songs was neither powerful nor heart-stopping. I know that sounds harsh, but the contrast with the performances by Golda and Nigel was glaring! She redeemed herself with a sassy rendition of "Surabaya-Santa", a comic number about a rejected and bored Mrs Claus. I prefer the New York Jewish version though. I can understand why fans stay away as it's not a story, just a collection of songs with a central theme. But it's beautifully acted and the talented cast bring out every last drop of emotion and vitality from the lyrics and stunning music. We had a great time. Sad the audience was so sparse. I felt for the performers who sang their hearts out. After the show you can catch the cast in the bar. We felt shy but as soon as Nigel Richards walked in, he beamed over at us and said, "Thank you so much for smiling throughout the entire show. You really made me feel good. Except I couldn't look at you, or you would put me off". What a nice man. Of course we then introduced ourselves and had some great insider gossip about the composer. It was fascinating to hear how they put the show together. Go along and see for yourselves. I hope to go again. Sadly I didnt meet the lovely Craig Purnell. *sigh* One lovely piece of information I picked up is that Nigel Richards is going to be singing songs from Parade in a concert. I just hope I hear about it. I love that show. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
28 Aug 01
Just to make it clear - none of the reviews seen here (apart from this one!) had anything to do with the "theatre's promo department" (as if we could afford a department!). Signed - Bridewell "promo depatment" - USER: Whatsonstage.com
17 Aug 01
can I really believe this review?! I can understand enjoying a work - but this gushing hardly seems objective and makes me wonder whether the piece was written by the theastre promo department. Or maybe all people who write musical s are a but like this - sad, but true. ... The comment, I mean: not the individuals. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
17 Aug 01
A totally enjoyable performance from start to finish. Beautiful voices and a moving performance by all. I applaud the cast. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
16 Aug 01
the bridewell's shows are always impeccably well done and this one is no exception whatsoever. beautiful songs delivered with gusto. Lots of passion. And its' such a great venue too. get there early or stay late to enjoy the bar. Forget about the West end, this is the best theatre in London, certainly so if you're a musical fan. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
15 Aug 01
The most wonderful show in London! Stunning cast, beautiful, beautiful songs. Clever staging - a truly first class production. If I could, I'd shower it with awards for its brilliance! See it while youca, it seems sadly unlikely we'll get the chance to see this fabulous song cycle again for a long time. Truly unmissable!
Tim - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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