Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sinatra - London Palladium

Frank Sinatra is resurrected on screen as the story of his life and music is told through photos and sound clips. Accompanied by a spectacular 24 piece live orchestra he belts out several of his well-loved classics; although I was personally disappointed that my wait for That’s Life was in vain. Amongst the high tech video projection, live dancers parade the stage in clumsily choreographed movements which start very slow in the first half and liven up after intermission. The most enjoyable part of the evening for me was when his daughter, Nancy, appeared in the flesh to commend the show and share honestly how difficult it had been for her to watch. If you’re a fan of his music, then I’m sure you would have thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent tribute for his centenary. 

This show @ London Palladium has now ended  

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Bend It Like Beckham - Phoenix Theatre

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a football fan or even remotely interested in the game to appreciate this production. Neither do you have to have seen the film. Jess, a Beckham-crazy young, female footballer from an Indian family faces many protests from her family as she attempts to excel in the game. She becomes embroiled in a love rival between her friend and team mate Jules, over Joe, their football coach. And all this amidst the frenzied preparations for her older sister’s wedding. It’s a happy, feel good show with some clever songs and plenty of vibrant colours. Okay a football suspended on a string is a little tacky, but how else can you successfully kick a ball on stage and angle it correctly?

Bend It Like Beckham can be seen @ Phoenix Theatre until 24th October