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A musical blast from the past

June 20, 2013


PREVIEW Carnaby Street the Musical, New Alexandra Theatre. WHEN you're performing a musical on stage, have successfully roused the audience to their feet and are left overseeing hundreds of people sing along and mirror the choreography on show, it's safe to say that you have entertained.

It was this type of euphoric reaction that the cast of Carnaby Street acquired following their opening performance on June 3. Set against a backdrop of London's West End in the Sixties, the show follows the journey of idealistic musician Jude (Matthew Wycliffe) - who is so busy pursuing his dream of stardom that he loses sight of what is really important - and the girl-next-door Penny Lane (Verity Rushworth).

Having hitch-hiked from Liverpool, the pair quickly find that connecting to people through music is their easiest route into society - and also helps to reduce the number of scathing looks they attract.

The narrative is charming if somewhat predictable but the delivery, by former EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell, who played Jack the unofficial narrator, is excellent - he deserves a special mention for the charm and humour he exudes. The memorable musical montage performed live was also fantastic.

With hits including 'Shout', 'Go Now' and 'You Really Got Me' even the most reserved audience members found it difficult not to become engrossed in this production.

By Elise Chamberlain.

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