Musically the show is equally middle of the road, the songs are not bad but are over rhymed and worryingly like some classic musical theatre tunes. They do little to differentiate the musical. The rhyming of “Paranoia” with “I’ll destroy her” is a personal favourite. The bones of the show are where the problems lie, and like theatrical arthritis, the problem permeates throughout the whole evening.
The 1930s were a difficult time for female freedom (both creative and personal) and a musical that so glibly deals with such a complex issue is treading on thin ice, made even thinner by our current (and rightful) climate of equality. Reputation is unfortunately just a little out of step with a genre that has thankfully progressed beyond it.
Book, Lyrics and Music by: Alick Glass
Directed by: Warren Wills
Choreographer by: Tamsyn Salter
Box Office: 02070877900
Booking Link: https://lwtheatres.co.uk/theatres/the-other-palace/
Booking Until: 14 November 2019