REVIEW: Full steam ahead for Musical Express - wow what a show!

Musical Express. Photo: David Pleming
Musical Express. Photo: David Pleming

In this week’s guest column Eileen Chantry reviews Musical Express, currently showing at the Embassy Theatre...

Wow what a show. Musical Express, presented by Janice Sutton productions at the Embassy every Thursday night, is a fast moving glitz and glamour show paying tribute to a number of well-known and well-loved musicals.

The high-kicking Broadway opening contrasts with the ‘ah factor of Annie’, staged earlier this year, again featuring Darcie-Lee Hussey in the title role with four legged friend Sandy, plus a line up of fellow orphans and the inebriated Miss Hannigan.

It was then on to Fiddler on the Roof with Trevor Fenton in the title role. His rendering of If I Were a Rich Man was a real show-stopper. The Celtic Fantasia captured the essence of Irish Dance from the slow and languid to the high octane step dancing. Plus there was the chance to fully appreciate the vocal talents of Katy Meadows.

Others commanding attention in both vocal and dance talents were Claire Smith, Luke Heywood and Ritchie Smith.

The second half gave us such offerings as Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and All That Jazz to the Jersey Boys and the incredible Dancing in the Streets finale which left people wanting to dance into the street.

Thanks to the production team of Janice Sutton, Andrew Davison, Claire Smith, Keith Weston and Joy Everett this imaginatively choreographed spectacular was a fusion of colour and sound.

The show is being staged every Thursday night at 7.30pm until September 11.

As an added bonus a film crew were filming one night for a documentary to be screened next year.