The musical – in which EastEnders’ Michelle Collins, pop star Javine and So Solid Crew’s Harvey lead a 35-strong cast - features the hits of Seventies disco group Boney M, reinterpreted with contemporary influences and set alongside a modern London story loosely based on Romeo and Juliet (See News, 19 Jan 2006). Daddy Cool has a book by Amani Naphtali. It’s directed by Andy Goldberg and designed by Jon Morrell.
Overnight critics were entirely divided over the musical, either loathing it or – if not exactly loving it – being quite complimentary, with one even suggesting it could be a much-needed hit for the Shaftesbury. Perhaps Daddy Cool is a Marmite musical?
- by Caroline Ansdell