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Ellen Greene, starr of both the original Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors as well the the subsequent film adaptation returns to the West End in the new production of Betwixt! at the Trafalgar Studios.
Betwixt! tells the story of New York writer Bailey and his flamboyant roommate Cooper who are catapulted into a strange enchanted world. Their arrival fulfils a prophecy telling of a brave hero and a great queen and they are tasked with searching out a fading daytime TV star who is the only hope for saving a pregnant princess from losing the throne. The musical promises "sitcom-styled dialogue and a toe-tapping score".
Betwixt! remiered at the Kings Head Theatre before being staged for one night at the Ambassadors Theatre in October 2008.
Steven Webb's stage credits include Lakeboat and Prairie du Chien at the Arcola, Departure Lounge at Waterloo East, Alan Bennet’s The History Boys in the West End and on tour and the title role in Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Best know as a presenter on Blue Peter TV presenter Peter previous musical credits include Barnum, Me and My Girl, The Little Tramp and The Card, for which he was nominated for an Olivier in 1995.
Ashleigh Gray, is best known for Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. Her other credits include Taboo, Grease and the Notes From New York concert series.
Benedict Salter makes his West End debut with the production.
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Michael Coveney - 29 July 2011
“Don’t ask too many questions – just go with it,” suggests a programme note, and that was certainly the mood abroad in an indulgent first night audience for a fairly broken-backed and relentlessly camp new musical by Ian MacFarlane.
McFarlane, who also directs, can obviously write adequate generic musical theatre songs, and some of his lyrics have a pleasing intricacy, but his story of a blocked Manhattan novelist being dragged by his new gay room-mate into a parallel universe of curses, spite and sexual sadism in an enchanted forest is less than compelling.
It’s one of those shows that seems more like an excuse for a bad musical than an argument for a good one. And even the surprise presence in the cast of Ellen Greene, still best known here as Audrey in the original Little Shop of Horrors, fails to galvanise the proceedings beyond the tawdry, Audrey.
Greene comes on strong as a nymph queen and an enchantress, melding ...
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NickiF - 25 August 2011:
I love this show, its silly, funny and completely charming. It very tongue in cheek and even takes the micky out of it's own "special effects". I was lucky enough to see Ellen Greene on her last night as she moved me to tears in her last song, so beautiful. Also have seen Lizzie Roper in the role and I could not stop laughing, she takes the character in a completely new direction and I love her Seductress and enchantress. Ashleigh's voice is superb and is very endearing in this role. The stand out star for me is Steven Webb, camp, sarcastic and at times very sweet. People need to take this for what it is, a light feel good comedy musical that has a lovely message about believing in yourself and your friends. I have seen it twice and have already booked my third trip. ...