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Regardless of some entertainingly good dance work, Zorro – the Musical simply isn’t fairly camp sufficient for me on the Charing Cross Theatre

“Take a breath and depend to 3
Or perhaps ten”

Zorro – the Musical first performed the West Finish in 2008, a contact earlier than I’d began running a blog correctly however being in love with just about all the things Emma Williams does, I’m conversant in the present’s forged recording, particularly the gorgeous ‘Falling‘. The present now returns to London on the Charing Cross Theatre in a fitfully vibrant manufacturing from Christian Durham.

The present marries a e book from Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson, additional tailored by John Cameron, with the again catalogue of the Gipsy Kings, with lyrics from Clark and co-compositions from Cameron. And it fashions a reasonably old style story of fraternal angst and derring-do-in-a-cape in 1800s Los Angeles. With added flamenco. And hearth, numerous hearth.

It’s a musical that actually has its moments. ‘Bamboléo’ is a type of earworms that has sunk into the nationwide consciousness and it's an epic quantity right here which Cressida Carré’s choreography enhances splendidly. And there’s a great deal of corny comedy which Marc Pickering’s Sergeant Garcia and Phoebe Panaretos’ Inez nail.

However as it's stretches previous two and a half hours, you possibly can’t assist want that it was all a bit extra enjoyable. Nothing all the things needs to be camper than Carmen Miranda’s headdress however the extra serious-minded sections listed here are terribly po-faced as brothers Diego and Ramon face off for the proper to put on a masks (or one thing) with a gravitas that by no means actually lands.

Benjamin Purkiss and Alex Gibson-Giorgio are each good however each face their challenges. Purkiss’ goofball Diego is efficient however as masked hero Zorro, much less so. And Gibson-Giorgio has to work arduous to search out tortured depth in a script not all the time prepared to let the villain be darkish sufficient. Paige Fenlon’s powerfully voiced Luisa shines although, and Panaretos is so good you want the present was known as Inez as a substitute.

Working time: 2 hours 40 minutes (with interval)
Photographs: Pamela Raith Images
Zorro – the Musical is reserving on the Charing Cross Theatre till twenty eighth Could

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