Curtain Up! Light The Lights!
You’re invited to join a celebration of all things Musical Theatre as we kick start our Autumn/ Winter Season with a collection of your favourite songs from your favourite shows!
A stylish and elegant evening of music featuring songs from “Les Misérables”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Wicked”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “A Chorus Line”, “Mary Poppins”, “RENT” and more!
Curtain Up will be an epic reminder that the show always goes on…
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CURTAIN UP is sure to remind fans of live entertainment just what they’ve been missing
during the Covid crisis, providing an uplifting, emotional and unforgettable journey into the
world of musical theatre.
Old favourites sit comfortably alongside the new stuff, with a talented and close knit cast
putting their heart and soul into ever number that they sing.
Some of the company would not sound out of place on a professional stage and I applaud
director Joe Meighan and musical director Neil G Bennett for their ambition when choosing
the courses for this sumptuous theatrical feast.
I’ve been reviewing theatre for more than 30 years and I’d no idea Little Women had been
turned into a musical. But Caitlin Vineyard and Emily Leeland’s rendition of the gorgeous
Some Things Are Meant To Be was the highlight of the evening for me.
Equally memorable was All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera always set me off and
Lottie Warburton and Lewis Sewell’s rendition certainly does it justice, and then some.
Similarly impressive is Kat Rawling’s Another Suitcase In Another Hall, from what is for me
the best Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice show, Evita.
Then there’s Suddenly Seymour, from one of my favourites, the wonderfully wacky Little
Shop of Horrors and the strangely haunting and hypnotic Feed The Birds from Mary Poppins.
It feels unfair to single out individual performers for praise because this implies there are
weak links in the cast, and they’re aren’t.
For decades I’ve always praised Trafford as a centre of excellence for producing top quality
With Curtain Up, though, Altrincham Garrick has raised the bar even higher.
Stage Struck rating – ***** 5 Stars
Described on its promotional literature as “a celebratory evening of musical theatre”, Curtain Up at the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse certainly delivered this celebration in spades.
As somewhat of a musical theatre aficionado, I have attended lots of musical medleys in my time – concerts, jukebox musicals, shows, and even films that are an ode to the not-so-humble, completely camp and over-the-top art form that is musical theatre. Anything that promises showtunes and jazz hands, I’ll be there. As a result, in my time I’ve witnessed musical theatre homages that really have ranged from the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, this one was definitely not the latter – Curtain Up felt like it had something special.
This show marks the first full-scale production in Altrincham Garrick’s exciting Autumn/Winter season – and what a fabulous way to kick things off. With director Joseph Meighan and Musical Director Neil G Bennett at the helm, this show really was a triumph of talent, a mastery of musicality, all brought together by a company of 19 supremely talented performers.
The set-list of this show was surprising in its volume and sometimes unexpected song choices. 33 songs were performed over the course of the show and – alongside some well-known, and well-loved numbers from Wicked, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera – came some unexpected performances from lesser-known productions like Sunday in the Park With George, Side Show and Little Women. That, for me, is a sure sign of a confident Musical Director, so sure is he of the talent of his cast that whatever they perform will keep the audience enthralled throughout. All too often, shows that present themselves as “an ode to musical theatre” are guilty of just reeling off the same classics time and again, so it was refreshing to see such a diverse array.
And, of course, Musical Director Neil Bennett was perfectly justified in his confidence in his cast – all 19 company members were allowed their moment in the spotlight, and all of them delivered. Standouts for me included dynamic duets from Gemma Sales and Hannah Davies (For Good from Wicked) and Steevie-Leigh Crossley and Tom Broughton (whose rapturous rendition of Suddenly Seymour was expertly delivered).
Photo: Martin Ogden
However, for me, by far and away the best song in the whole production was the company’s spine-tingling rendition of Bring Him Home, from Les Misérables. I have heard this song performed many times as a solo – which in itself is beautiful in its simplicity – yet performed as a group piece with so many complicated but stunningly complementary harmonies really did take it to the next level. This polytonality was to be expected with a cast as talented as this one, but it was just one of the many ways this cast went above and beyond to deliver a show that kept the audience wanting more.
North West End UK Rating: ★★★★
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