Northumbria University Musical Theatre Society
The well known but rarely well sung 'Big Spender' has to be performed with flawless timing and sex appeal to avoid being embarrassingly tacky. Unfortunately they didn't quite manage that in this production, which had constant tuning issues and backing music that was much too loud. Charity Valentine, pushover and constant loser in love, longs to escape her job as a dancehall hostess and make some big plans. The lead character was charming and comic but didn't have a voice to match, and the dancing standard was hugely varied. That, combined with the poorly constructed plot of the musical itself, which made you feel you'd wasted one and a half hours of your life, meant that this just wasn't a hit.
Bedlam Theatre, 31 Jul - 16 Aug (not 3, 10), 8.00pm (9.30pm), £5.00, fpp 176
tw rating: 1/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival