So is it a Play? a Film? Answer, both of these!...... but this time add a musical written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. What is extraordinary about the story is it is based on a real life event which actually happened with phenomenal success way back in 1998 when a group of ladies, all members of the Women's Institute (W.I.) in rural Yorkshire wanted to raise money for charity.
So, who are the Addams family? Well go on....do you really need an introduction? They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ooky....the Addams family! Admit it... you are now singing the signature tune and clicking your fingers as are the audience at Blackpool Grand theatre from the minute the opening bars started.
When a theatre is packed you know there are great expectations from the audience and tonight at the Opera House Blackpool there was a real buzz in the air as people took to their seats eagerly awaiting to see what this juke box musical had to offer.
Directed by Si Foster, Harry Moore and Sophia Thow, the Theatre Royal’s Youth Company, RTDA, perform an annual musical each year in August, with this year’s show being The Sound of Music. Having watched this youth company for a number of years I was both excited, and unsure, of what to expect of such an ambitious Rodgers and Hammerstein show being performed by a group of children and young people.
If someone says to you “Irish dancing”, I’m sure that you immediately conjure up an image of a neat row of busy feet, all moving in perfect harmony. The showcase of Irish dance in Eurovision back in 1994 raised the profile of the genre and led to the creation of several international dance troupes. Rhythm of the Dance is one of those companies, which this year is celebrating twenty years of touring the world showcasing Irish dance and music, and tonight they brought their modern and upbeat show to the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.
Having never seen the show, the film or the series before, I went into Fame completely unaware of what to expect beyond ‘I’m gonna live forever’ and a lot of leg warmers. What I got was a cast that gave it their all, for a show that is definitely not destined to live forever. And there weren’t as many leg warmers as expected…
After watching the ‘real deal’ only a few short weeks ago, I was unsure what to expect from this tribute act that boasts ‘the most authentic tribute band’ by the one and only Jon Bon Jovi. St Helens Theatre Royal was host to this Bon Jovi extravaganza.
The atmospheric Blackpool Grand Theatre was built in the same decade as composers Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin were born (1890's) so what a fitting place to host a dance show extravaganza featuring the songs and music of these revered gentlemen.
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