I actually really like this show, almost despite myself, with a simple story, slightly daft characters and rousing music. This is the second time I have seen Alexanddra Burke in Craig Revel Horwood's lively production and the fourth time I have seen a version of this show on stage in Bristol ... time to give it a rest? Not quite yet I'm thinking!
Considering how long this tour has been going it has managed to retain an admirable freshness. If you haven't seen it then it is worth noting that this is the story from the film but not the songs - not that that detracts from it at all as the songs written for thse show work really well. The show zips along thanks in part to the versatile set which changes quickly with the cast providing most of the muscle as well as pretty well all the music live on stage (sound quality was a bit muddy though). It is still quite a long evening though, not that you notice till afterwards as the pace never drags.
Alexandra Burke sings beautifully and provides just the right level of over-acting to meet the needs of a show like this - slightly tongue in cheek and camp but full of humour. The "transformation scene" is slicker than before and the tramp sequence is really well managed with some delightful work by (hope I identified the right tramp!) Allison Harding.
All in all an enjoyable evening