THE WEDDING SINGER UK TOUR – May 2017

Exactly one week after my trip to the South of France seeing La Cage Aux Folles, it was time to head back in time to party like it was 1985 with the cast of THE WEDDING SINGER.

Based on the film of the same name, love struck wedding singer Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns) falls down on his luck after being dumped at the altar by fiancee Linda (Hannah Jay Allen). Looking to “friend” Julia (Cassie Compton) for support, both try to deny the obvious spark between them. Julia gets engaged to Glenn (Ray Quinn) and Julia’s best friend Holly (Tara Verloop) comes on to Robbie – but the question is, can Robbie and Julia find their happily ever after before it’s too late?

Right from the start, you are fully immersed into the 80s vibe! Classic movie trailers play as you enter and a little nod to Back to the Future sets the audience up for a fun filled afternoon! And it’s quite obvious from when Robbie and Julia first meet what is going to happen! But, as an audience member, do you care? NO YOU DON’T! You get drawn into the love story hook, line and sinker and are fully behind the characters even through all the obstacles they face!

Yet again, this cast absolutely blew me away! Leading man Jon Robyns was as charismatic as I’ve ever seen him – and matched with the beautiful Cassie Compton (Julia), they were a definite match made in heaven! Elsewhere in the cast, there were phenomenal performances from Ray Quinn as the slimy Glenn Giulia, the utterly sensational Tara Verloop as Holly, the fabulous Samuel Holmes as George and the legend that is Ruth Madoc as Robbie’s grandma Rosie.  Backed by an outstanding ensemble cast and an uplifting 80s inspired original soundtrack – this is a show full of energy, joy and most importantly, finding Love and happiness, be it on your own or with your soul mate!

For me – I am a definite sucker for a happy ending – this show would be a perfect fit in London’s West End. It is ready made with an outstanding cast, phenomenal ensemble, a compact yet effective set and the most uplifting heart and spirit you will ever see.

The tour continues to Liverpool then Edinburgh. Check out http://theweddingsingermusical.co.uk/tour-dates for more dates and details. 

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES UK TOUR – May 2017

For anyone that knows me personally, 2017 has not been the greatest year – well actually, it’s been the worst ever! I’ve lost 3 immediate family members, found out my Mom has terminal cancer and I’ve also been battling my own health issues. And I’ll admit – my love of theatre was being lost as a result of this.

But, in the past few weeks, I’ve tried to get back to where my heart belongs, to remind myself of why theatre always fills my heart with so much joy. So, I started my journey with my first ever visit to see the current UK tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

This was one of those shows that I knew all about but had never seen. The story of loved up gay couple Georges (Adrian Zmed) and Albin (John Partridge), who is also the lead performer Zsa Zsa at the local drag club, tells the story of love, family and acceptance (with that added touch of sparkle!) which so struck a chord with me that by the end of the show, I was in tears due to the joy and amount of heart I was seeing on stage – it was just so beautiful!

The cast of this show was also beyond phenomenal! Les Mis alumni Dougie Carter (Jean Michel) was a truly charismatic gentleman, made a perfect pair with the beaitiful Alexandra Robinson (Anne) and performed with so much heart, especially in his Act 2 reprise of “Look Over There,” while the legendary Marti Webb (Jacqueline) showed off her West End experience, taking command of the stage throughout with truly immaculate comic timing.

A special mention must go to the gentleman in the photo – the sensational Samuel Ajewole (Jacob) who blew me away with every part of his performance. He performs with the confidence of a seasoned performer who has been on stage for many years – yet, he is relatively newcomer to the Theatre industry! This guy is definitely a name to watch – in fact, I think he would be a truly phenomenal Lola over at the Adelphi Theatre! You heard it here first 🙂

Then you have Adrian Zmed and John Partridge leading the cast – and what a perfect duo they are! I could not think of two more stunning performers to lead this show. The warmth and love between them on stage was overwhelming and both were able to show off their phenomenal skills throughout the show. I have seen John Partridge in a number of roles up to now – but this has to be the BEST I have ever seen him!

This show really brings home how important being yourself and loving yourself is for everyone EVERYWHERE. With the dark times in our world right now, this was the most joyful and all round fabulous tonic that I needed! A must watch folks 👍👍👍

The tour continues throughout the UK – check out http://www.kenwright.com/microsite/la-cage-aux-folles/ for more details.