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Nostalgic musical captures 60s style ; Theatre review [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

October 9, 2013

YellowBrix

Carnaby Street Regent theatre THE 1960s was a time when London led the way in terms of music and fashion. Brand new musical Carnaby Street revisits and celebrates the decade that brought us mods and rockers, trend setting fashions and a soundtrack that lives on today.

READ INTERVIEW AARON thesentin Written by music industry agent Carl Leighton Pope, the musical is set between 1964 and 1968 and tells the story of Jude - played by Jonny Bower, a working class boy from Liverpool who moves to London with dreams of fame and fortune. He is joined on his journey by best friend Penny, played by Aimie Atkinson.

Ex-Eastender Aaron Sidwell takes on the role of inexperienced band manager Jack, who comes across Jude busking on Carnaby Street and believes the young singer has the potential to make it big. When introduced to the rest of the band not everyone is happy with the new addition, especially the band's leader Wild Thing, played by Mark Pearce. Set against the backdrop of London's West End, the audience has access to The Marquee Club, the hottest club of the 1960s, which was the place to be seen and heard for new bands.

AN WITH SIDWELL l.co.uk Tricia Adele Turner plays the role of Jane, an upperclass rich girl who's turned her back on her old life in favour of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle in Soho, and who is also Jude's love interest. The show has its share of larger-thanlife characters, including Lily, an outrageous, cross-dressing boutique owner, who helps Jude on his way to stardom. Lily, played excellently by Paul Hazel, adds much of the humour. Hugo Harold- Harrison plays the part of Arnold Layne - the flamboyant owner of the record label that signs Jude. The music ranges from 1960s pop and rock 'n' roll to rhythm and blues, and more than 30 classic hits are performed by the brilliant live band, featuring songs from British artists including The Beatles, Lulu, Cilla Black, The Who and The Rolling Stones. However, Carnaby Street is much more than just a collection of songs; it has a great story line. The backdrop is the new generation of young people growing up in a time of social change, and this is cleverly brought to the audience's attention by the news vendor who periodically crosses the stage. For those who grew up in the 1960s, Carnaby Street is a nostalgic celebration. But younger audiences can still appreciate the timeless music and its theme of the pursuit of fame is still just as relevant today.

Carnaby Street is at The Regent theatre until October 12. Call the box office on 0844 871 7649.

Jean Bourne

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