The new year got off to a brilliant start with the Janice Sutton Top Hat and Tales show at the Embassy, writes Eileen Chantry.
The Lets Go to the Movies opening cleverly interpreted the black and white silent era with such stars as Charlie Chaplin, followed by the onset of talkies and glorious technicolor.
Then it was off to America and West Side Story followed by a wonderful tribute to Walt Disney which gave opportunity for the tiny tots to strut their stuff as Minnie Mice and Dalmatians, Toy Story and High school musical featured the older students.
This was followed by Top hats and the Ritz, a superb salute to Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers.
The second-half included hits from such classics as Me and My Girl and Mary Poppins, with Oliver and the Artful Dodger putting in an appearances as well
Then it was story time and we were taken into the woods to meet a host of characters ranging from Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Red Riding Hood as well as a collection of Beatrice Potter characters, ginger bread men and Liquorice Allsorts. This spell-binding magical sequence featured some beautiful and innovative dancing.
The grand finale of the winter festival really was the icing on the cake set against a shimmering winter backdrop which contrasted with the rich velvets and fur trimmed costumes of the dancers.
Stunning, breathtaking, it should be on the West End were some of the comments I overheard as we were coming out and I am sure these sentiments were echoed by all who saw this lavish spectacular.
What was so impressive about this production was not just the singing and dancing but the acting, as well as the beautiful backdrops, the innovative choreography exploring the whole gamut of dance style and the skills of all the performers and of course the superb costumes and surprise elements which are synonymous of Janice’s shows.
One of the sequences was entitled Hooray for Hollywood perhaps it should be renamed Hooray for a New Year Spectacular.
- The show’s run at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness continues tonight (Saturday) at 7pm, and again tomorrow (Sunday) at 2.30pm.
Tickets cost £14.50 for adults, £13.50 for over 60s and £9 for children.
For more information call 0845 674 0505 or visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk.