21 September 2010 WOS Rating: Average Reader Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews In keeping with the current recent trend for Andrew Lloyd Webber musical revivals – the national touring production of Chess and The Menier Chocolate Factory recent production of Aspects of Love – it’s the turn this time of the 1979 hit Tell Me on a Sunday. This tells the story of an ordinary English girl looking for love in the Big Apple and who merrily whizzes through a series of romances, each one more tragically doomed then the last.
Brookside Babe turned West End diva
Claire Sweeney plays the lovelorn heroine, effortlessly belting out Lloyd Webber’s catchy numbers while making more costume changes than Lady Gaga.. As the break-ups mount and Sweeney sends yet another email update to her mum back in Liverpool. the format soon becomes tedious. It’s hard to care about a woman whose only point of reference in life is Men and whether she has met the right one.
With almost no set changes for the whole of the 90 minutes, despite a quick trip to LA and New York, it is a theatrically unimaginative show. Maybe one of Sweeney’s infamous 60-minute makeovers wouldn’t go amiss here.
However, Lloyd Webber’s score and
Don Black’s lyrics are wistful, wry, and emotionally charged. “Take That Look Off Your Face” and the show’s title song send a wave of goose-bumps through the audience. Sweeney’s charm and stage presence thankfully lifts what is essentially a limp and mildly irritating show to being a fun frivolous girls’ night out. - by Simon Gross Related Content Back to Southeast Homepage
Score Comment Date Does Simon Gross not realise that ALW did not write Chess??
Saw this at York. After seeing the Denise Van Outen revival some 7 or so years ago this is poor in comparison. The character needs to obtain the audiences' sympathy and instead I found her irratating. Rushing headlong into relationship after relationship which ultimately fail.
Sweeney's voice isnt the easiest to listen to for 90 minutes. Her accent ranged from Scouse, to Posh to New York seemingly without any control and to achieve the high notes she slips into mock opera.
The set was simply grim and the encore song a poor decision. - Kevinyork 13 Oct 10
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