ALL new, yet original...
A little confusing but all soon became clear as lots of original moves, including cartwheels galore, and songs like the wonderful Shake A Tail Feather mixed mixed with new additions. That at times made for a slow start but the show was soon flying along at 100mph.
Much credit goes to director Brad Henshaw - who also doubles as Jake Blues - for assembling a great cast, many on this national tour direct from the West End show.
The seven-piece band underpinning the musical score are just about faultless, bringing alive the blues and soul sounds of Gimme Some Loving and Soul Man. And the three scene-stealing Bluettes, non-stop singing and dancing in figure-hugging costumes, are nothing less than sensational on numbers like Respect and Think.
Incredibly it is 30 years since Belushi and Ackroyd played Jake and Elwood on film, and 20 years after the first tribute show. Since then over two million have seen the show and my good lady and I were more than happy to add to the statistics.
Pork pies hats, shades and black suits were the order of the day, both in the auditorium and on stage, and crowd participation in both singing and dancing obligatory - or else be prepared to be singled out and made to dance solo.
A first class show that brought smiles all night long from an appreciative audience, many of whom will no doubt be suffering aches after tonight’s dancing exertions.
Continues until Saturday.