Clever musical revue hits festive notes
What: Hamilton Operatic Society presents Forbidden Broadway
When: Friday November 30 Where: Clarence St Theatre
Who: Producer Jason Wade, director David Sidwell, musical director David Hall, choreographer Philippa Chesham
Reviewed by: Andrew Buchanan-Smart
This is an ideal package for your Christmas function, with something for everyone to enjoy.
The off-Broadway hit musical revue is a composite where some of Broadway's greatest musical legends meet Broadway's greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of theatre's greatest stars and songwriters.
If one can place the revised lyrics within the context of the original lyrics, one can easily appreciate the nuances, subtleties and humour.
With the show light on a storyline, segues between the songs were crucial and these kept the momentum going.
To great effect as an exemplar Nick Wilkinson's Somewhere Over The Rainbowbecame a clever Somewhat Overindulgent.
It was not just a song-fest; the dance element was very much present in Chicago's Razzle Dazzle and Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia. Kelly Donaldson gave Tomorrow from Annie a new twist.
The Phantom of the Opera's Music of the Night became a not-so-eloquent Mucous of the Night with Nathan Munn and Gayle Williams. A parody prevailed with Tim Pollock, Nathan and Michael Barnes in an item from Cats. Fiona Bradley went from guise to guise in Wicked, My Fair Lady, Liza (One Note) and an endearing I Dreamed a … from Les Miserables.
The minimalist set and props worked with a gallimaufry of appropriate backdrops. The choreography cleverly matched the amended lyrics. On occasion the harmonies and intonation were dubious, but in the main they were fine. Applause must go to David Hall, who as accompanist gave a faultless performance and was on stage all night. David Sidwell provided another good show, suitable for the Christmas frivolities and laughter.