Update: The Show has opened and the reviews are out. Read mine here
Tonight sees the opening of a brand new musical in Liverpool – and whilst Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein might be turning over in their graves, I can assure you the audiences at the Royal Court Theatre will be rolling in the aisles!
This musical comedy gem comes from the pen of playwright Fred Lawless and in the genre of the Royal Court, it is very scouse specific!
During the hour I was photographing the dress rehearsals I could tell that this irreverent take – based very loosely upon the original musical – is going to be a smash hit.
Worry not. If you’re the kind of person who is turned-off by the word “Musical”, let me assure you: there is nothing Bali Ha’i-brow about this production. Yes, there is some talky talky talky Happy Talk – very much in a Liverpool accent and very very funny.
The songs range from parodies of the original Rodgers & Hammerstein classics to a hilarious version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. There’s even a rapping vicar thrown in for good measure!
I personally can’t wait to see it through and a full review will, of course, follow.
Get you tickets from the Royal Court Box Office. Meanwhile, here are a few shots to whet your appetite:
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