My Favourite Show for Love Theatre Day
I remember seeing this show in the West End as a teenager in the 90’s on many an occasion with my parents. Despite how good it was it was always on offer at the half price ticket booth in Leicester Square (lucky for us!). I must have seen it 5 or 6 times. It starred the great Tim Flavin and Ruthie Henshall. I was mesmorised from start to finish. It had everything a great show needs. A good (hilarious!) book, a beautiful and rousing score (it is Gershwin after all), and the best choreographer money can buy (Susan Stroman!!). This show had it all. The orchestrations were to die for.
The story follows Bobby Child who is sent by his mother foreclose on a theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. There he meets Polly who is daughter of the theatre owner. He immediately falls for her. Hilarity ensues for 2 and a half hours of mistaken identity and slapstick comedy and the best tap-dancing routines in town. All turns out right in the end. The show is a hoot from start to finish. It deservedly one both Tony and Olivier awards for Best Musical.
The show means so much more to me as I got to play Bobby quite a few years back. I had so much fun. I even tap danced in my sleep during rehearsals (much to the chagrin of my sleeping wife). If you haven’t listened to the soundtrack. Please do. It is glorious! Here’s a picture of me as Bobby. I had a blast.