Intro by Dave Massey.
Dear Cathy and Claire, Jackie Magazine
I loved seeing Jackie the Musical on the first week of its tour at the Belgrade in Coventry. However I’d never read Jackie Magazine and didn’t know anything about 70s teenagers. I was really pleased when the New Alexandra Theatre sent BrumHour two tickets. I knew the right lady for the job!
Thanks, Dave (from hashtag BrumHour)
blog post by Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
When Julie went to see Jackie – The Musical
Jackie the musical is at the New Alexandra Theatre this week, until Saturday 29th May and it is a DELIGHT!
It’s a musical revolving around divorcee Jackie connecting with her younger self giving advice on life, love, fashion and dating. Not a complex story, neither deep and meaningful, but it is the perfect carrier for some thumping great big 70s tunes.
Spectacular lighting immediately transports the audience to the era of disco, glam rock and cheesy dance routines. The choreography is perfect and absolutely fitting for this light-hearted production. The musicians are on stage throughout and for the most part are in silhouette, they really do justice to the big tunes.
Quick set changes which were very slick, and some great singing voices belting out from the stage I was completely immersed in this production.
As well as having plenty of sing along tunes there are lots of laugh out loud moments too and last night’s show ended with all the audience on their feet singing. A proper feel good show this is one uplifting tune-fest.
The audience last night was predominantly women of a “certain age”, myself included! I did see a good sprinkling of men and a young teen. This isn’t just for the ladies, If you love 70s hits from Marc Bolan, Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Mud. If you love leaving a show with a big smile on your face, if you love a light-hearted comedy or if you want to know “3 things he says before he dumps you” then I would recommend you get yourself tickets for Jackie the musical.
The New Alexandra Theatre has undergone a bit of a facelift and is looking great too, it was lovely to see the big windows in the front bar area uncovered, the floor to ceiling windows really changed the atmosphere and with a new coat of paint and flooring the whole space feels and looks so much nicer, add in a pianist and a small but perfectly formed champagne bar.
I give my night at Jackie the musical 10/10! Here’s the trailer below:
#BrumHour was invited to see Jackie the Musical by New Alexandra Theatre and these are Julie’s own thoughts. While she can be persuaded to visit events on the promise of ice-cream and a glass of bubbly her views cannot be swayed.