Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
The Sticking Place
Knowing that they had completed a record-breaking 50 hour improvisation, I expected a lot from these guys. I wasn't disappointed, in fact I was blown away by the sheer skill and ingenuity with which they turned out a complete musical based on the audience's suggestions. We ended up with a musical about apartheid set in a Norfolk village with an upcoming bell-ringing contest, containing numbers in styles as diverse as vaudeville, Sondheim and even reggae. The real joy is not the cast's fabulous spontaneity, but that what they performed was actually good - superb vocals and dialogue that had the audience roaring with laughter. Go and see it - I can't predict what show you'll see, but it will be excellent.
Musical Theatre @ George Square, 8 - 24 Aug, times vary, prices vary, fpp 178
tw rating: 5/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival