by Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
Son of a Preacher Man at New Alexandra Theatre
Son of a Preacher Man is at the New Alexandra theatre until Saturday 16th Septembe and it’s fabulous fun.
I went expecting this to be a sort of Dusty Springfield story, but let’s get this straight, this is NOT the Dusty story, it’s full of some fantastic tunes from the era like I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, I Only Wanna Be With You, The Look Of Love and How Can I Be Sure and the singing as performed by Diana Vickers is absolutely top notch, her voice is truly great and has grown soo much since she first appeared on TV in 2008 via The X Factor.
Diana plays the part of Kat, who alongside Alison and Paul has a pilgrimage to the 1960s coffee shop called The Preacher Man, which was run by Simon. They each have their own reasons for wanting to recapture the past.
With some outstanding choreography by Craig Revel Horwood and beautiful lighting by Richard G Jones the set is not complete until the musicians arrive on stage and presto! You are transported into another world. The lighting really is spectacular and had almost cartoon like qualities at time (in a good way of course)
There is an underlying love story or two and lots of happy endings, this toe tapping, finger strumming, sing along bonanza lifts the spirits and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
With a few laughs along the way and plenty of sashaying from the fantastic Cappuccino Sisters you have a complete evening of wiggles and giggles. I really loved Cappuccino Sister Three as played by Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, she has amazing stage presence.
Ian Reddington’s character Simon is charming and warm although he seems a little lost in this world, and still hankers for the simplicity of the 60s. The character of Paul as played by Michael Howe has a wonderful singing voice too. and Debra Stephenson plays young widow Alison.
There is a genuine feel good quality to this production. At one point Diana Vickers is in a dance routine, where her tiny frame means she is thrown about in a most spectacular manner, and it is all very uplifting!
The musicians both on stage and unseen complete what is a fabulous nights entertainment.
Many many thanks to New Alexandra Theatre for hosting another wonderful event. Both myself and my guest for this had a great night out. So instead of saying I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself on this dark nights, why not Stay A While and get to know the Son of a Preacher Man.
Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/son-of-a-preacher-man/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
Julie was invited to the New Alexandra Theatre for BrumHour and these are her own words. This isn’t a sponsored post.