Puttin’ On The Ritz
This was a night of pure escapism from start to finish, with music and dance inspired by the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’.
A very talented young cast of singers and dancers had the audience singing and clapping along to favourite songs from the shows written by three of the most talented songwriters in the history of popular music.
The unashamedly nostalgic show celebrated the beautiful, witty music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Songs performed included Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade and the title song, which had a couple of outings
The backdrop was very simple, with just a starry background and two sparkly staircases running down to the main stage area, so it was down to the cast to keep the audience engaged.
That they did very well, with the singers introducing the different themes and turning on the cheeky charm at times.
As well as sections dedicated to the songwriters, there was also a sizzlingly sexy homage to the famous Harlem Cotton Club and a nod to the genius of Fred Astaire.
The dancers were excellent, a well-rehearsed troupe who really brought a lot of sparkle and showmanship.
One clever routine done sitting at the edge of the stage using hands only was breathtaking.
They were able to tap dance as well, although the over-dubbed ‘taps’ on the soundtrack were annoying at times.
The only other problem was with microphones, which slightly distorted some of the singers’ solos.
The two special guest stars, ex-Strictly dancer Trent Whiddon and his partner Gordana Grandosek, brought an extra layer of glamour to proceedings with some beautifully-executed showdance routines.
The show finishes tonight.