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Evaluation: Zorro The Musical, Charing Cross Theatre



So, Zorro and Musical; two phrases I by no means thought I'd use collectively in the identical sentence, however right here we're. Suppose 1930’s Errol Flynn swashbuckler movies, or Robert Taylor in Ivanhoe; a lot of operating about and clashing of swords (very safely after all). The goodies are good and the baddies are actually unhealthy; there’s a maiden that wants rescuing; oppressed villagers in want of a heroic chief – you get the image. Add to the combination terrific music, full of life dancing, a solid that’s clearly having fun with themselves and also you get an excellent night’s leisure. The efficiency space for the…

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Wonderful

The masked hero involves the rescue of oppressed villagers, accompanied by some nice songs and toe-tapping musical numbers. It's humorous, full of life, tongue-in-cheek and massively entertaining.

Person Score: 4.61 ( 1 votes)

So, Zorro and Musical; two phrases I by no means thought I'd use collectively in the identical sentence, however right here we're. Suppose 1930’s Errol Flynn swashbuckler movies, or Robert Taylor in Ivanhoe; a lot of operating about and clashing of swords (very safely after all). The goodies are good and the baddies are actually unhealthy; there’s a maiden that wants rescuing; oppressed villagers in want of a heroic chief – you get the image. Add to the combination terrific music, full of life dancing, a solid that’s clearly having fun with themselves and also you get an excellent night’s leisure.

The efficiency space for the present has been set in the course of Charing Cross Theatre, with the viewers sitting in two sections at both finish and reverse one another. It really works properly, however does imply the solid should work twice as laborious to make sure each areas get an excellent view. And work laborious they do – it was fairly exhausting watching them. Good use was manufactured from the entire house, with the assorted comings and goings.

The very first thing I observed upon sitting down had been three actually creepy wanting dolls/puppets. Seems they're youngsters; who would have guessed? They characterize Diego, older brother Ramon and little woman Louisa whose familial standing was by no means actually defined. On this model of the story little Diego is about to be despatched away to Spain to be educated, a lot to the annoyance of Ramon. Quick ahead ten years or so and Ramon (Alex GibsonGiorgio) has turned evil and brought over the pueblo; Diego (Benjamin Purkiss) is having a good time in Barcelona, having joined a gypsy troupe; Louisa (Paige Fenlon) has travelled to Spain to seek out Diego and persuade him to return to Los Angeles. I'm happy to say the story continues precisely as you'll count on, with nice panache and power.

A number of performances stood out for me: Phoebe Panaretos, enjoying Inez the Gypsy queen, has a very terrific voice; Marc Pickering, enjoying hapless Sergeant Garcia, with the very best comedian traces; and Gibson-Giorgio, enjoying archetypal unhealthy man nasty Ramon (boo hiss). The Gipsy Kings’ music gives a dynamic, flamenco-style accompaniment all through, with the ensemble enjoying varied devices, in addition to dancing and singing. My private favorite songs had been the vivacious ‘Bamboleo’ on the finish of Act One and the duet ‘A Love We’ll By no means Reside’ in Act Two. Zorro’s final grand entrance to trumpet fanfare is price searching for. I really feel the viewers ought to have cheered at that second, nevertheless it was staid and critical: Press Evening, I assume.

There are high-spirited dance numbers, swirly skirts, castanets (by Ajjaz Awad), a lot of bull combating references and loads of sword waving and cape spinning. A number of the accents sometimes went a bit ‘Allo ‘Allo – which was wonderful although, because it added to the general humour. I'd have appreciated just a few extra flaming swords, however can’t consider many extra Spanish clichés that might have been shoe-horned in.

This tongue-in-cheek manufacturing has previous jokes and a predictable storyline, that are all good issues. It's, fairly rightly, performed straight for essentially the most half with aptitude, swagger and enthusiasm, leading to a humorous, toe-tapping and joyful couple of hours. Nice enjoyable.

Produced by: John Gertz in affiliation with Zorro USA; Katy Lipson for Aria Leisure
Directed by: Christian Durham
Ebook and Lyrics by: Stephen Clark
Music by: The Gipsy Kings
Co-Composition/Adaptation by: John Cameron

Zorro The Musical performs at Charing Cross Theatre till 28 Might. Additional data and bookings might be discovered right here.



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