Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: Tango Moderno



Tango Moderno, the irresistible stage spectacular from tango superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, is at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 18th November. This week starring dancers, Pasquale La Rocca and Leonel Di Cocco in place of Vincent as he has sustained a back injury. Don’t worry, he is Ok and will back on stage as soon as he has recovered!

Put the music on and dance before you die! A line from the show and echoes the age old saying ‘life’s too short’. If you’ve always wished you could dance, maybe now’s the time to take inspiration and start a new hobby? Singing, Dancing, acting, playing an instrument – you could be inspired to take on any of these after watching Tango Monderno. As Flavia and Co dance their magic across the stage, illuminating their peers into their own dances and living their dreams.

A modern fusion of traditional Argentinian Tango, ballroom and Latin with street dance. An excellent performance from all the dancers with each routine exquisitely performed and I loved how the routines and songs showcased each situation and how each scene merged perfectly from one to the next. Narrated by Tom Parsons, a fantastic guitarist and talented singer, told us the story both poetically and through song. Supporting Tom, Rebecca Lisewski jumps from energetic dance routines into a belting ballad - her rendition of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face was particularly spine tingling.

The same stage set was used throughout and was effective with the use of a few key props although I was a little disappointed that the musicians were hidden at the back – the music is so important in dance so I think it would be nice to show off the musicians - though the fiddler did pop out for a couple of solos and he was excellent!


Bla bla bla, cha cha cha! Not one to miss. For tickets, visit www.atgtickets.com

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Review: Awful Auntie at Milton Keynes Theatre



Written by David Walliams as one of his series of books for children. Adapted by Neal Foster. Starring Timothy Speyer as Aunt Alberta. Georgina Leonidas as Stella Saxby and Ashley Cousins as Soot.

They were ably supported by Richard James as Gibbon, Peter Mistyyoph as detective Strauss and Roberta Bellekom as Wagner the Owl (a large puppet).

This was a great and enjoyable evening of much humour, and also slightly naughty humour, portayed with great enthusiasm by this small cast. The acting and diction by all was excellent, the sound quality as always was very good and clear. The stage set was most imaginative, with the four revolving and moving towers portraying the four turrets of the old stately home “Saxby Hall”.

These turrets became the cellar, the kitchen and the various rooms of the house and even the roof, simply by revolving Stella and the ghost Soot travelled up and down within the turrets to the action within the different rooms in the old house.

The chase with the Rolls Royce and motorbike on stage around the turrets was well carried out too. Apart from the fun and humour there was a good degree of suspense as to whether Aunt Alberta would get her evil way or just deserts.

A most excellent evening entertainment and highly recommended for all the family.

Many thanks to all concerned in this production.


For tickets, visit: www.atgtickets.com

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Review: Cabaret



At Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 4th November.

Will Young is outstanding as Emcee! He has reprised his role - which earned him an Olivier award nomination for his critically acclaimed performance as the show’s master of ceremonies at London’s Savoy Theatre. Starring alongside Will is newcomer to theatre, Louise Redknapp as Sally Bowles, who did brilliantly in her stage debut.

The show captures the heady atmosphere of the Cabaret lifestyle and the characters that star in or attend the Kit Kat Klub and local residents of Frauline Schneider’s house. Its quirky story follows the hedonistic lifestyles in 1930’s Berlin within the world of glitzy showbiz, dancing, singing, drugs, prostitutes and bisexuality in what was once described by Christopher Isherwood as ‘smokey sexuality’. As the show develops, so does the power of the Nazi Party and we see hints of this throughout until the very haunting end.

An exceptional performance from Will Young, who has been remarkably versatile throughout his career so far with a beautiful singing voice and he added a great touch of ‘weird’ to Emcee who was very funny and endearing. The entire ensemble acted, danced and sang effortlessly with some killer routines and looked as though they were having a smashing time on stage, which always makes a performance more exciting. I didn’t warm too well to Sally Bowles as a character (maybe I’m not supposed to?) and having never seen Cabaret before I feel the story should focus more on Emcee however, Louise Redknapp was a fantastic Sally and with her musical background she smashed it.

As usual at MK theatre the set design, lighting, sound, costumes and atmosphere were perfect – they cleverly switched between just three scenes from the sombre boarding house to the lively Klub and the audience loved it from start to finish. I particularly loved the inclusion of the orchestra raised at the back of the stage, what would a musical be without its musicians!!


The theatre was packed out on a Tuesday night, so get your tickets quick before they sell out!! www.atgtickets.com