by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Summer Holiday at New Alexandra Theatre
Summer Holiday the musical is at New Alexandra Theatre all this week and it’s terrific fun.
Set in the Summer of 1963, the story centres around four young men, Don (Ray Quinn), Cyril (Rory Maguire), Steve (Billy Roberts) and Edwin (Joe Goldie) who are London bus mechanics. They take a London bus across Europe for a Summer Holiday (a holiday for them, not the bus).
On the way they rescue three damsels in distress Mimsie (Gabby Antrobus), Alma (Alice Baker) and Angie (Laura Marie Benson) and find a young boy stowaway on the bus. The young boy is actually, Barbara (Sophie Matthew), a young starlet who is on the run from her overbearing mother Stella (Taryn Sudding) and her agent Jerry (Bobby Crush)
Packed full of singalong hits including Bachelor Boy, Living Doll, Move It and of course Summer Holiday. Staring Ray Quinn as Don, whom I must say is looking pretty fine and gives the audience a flash of his pecs and six pack in the shower scene, and Bobby Crush (he was hugely famous in the 1970s) as slightly incompetent Jerry. Fun fact, both Ray and Bobby shot to stardom through tv talent shows, albeit some years apart. Jerry gets a lot of the laughs and when Stella is barking her orders at him, it’s not hard to understand why Barbara ran away. Sophie Matthew doesn’t make for a very convincing boy, but she doesn’t have to. A oversize jacket and a baseball cap is all that’s needed to convince the rest of the cast that she is a boy and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
Summer Holiday is a light hearted show, but I will tell what’s not light hearted. The dancing, oh my goodness, the dancers are absolutely wonderful. Proper ‘old school’ big dance routines that really do thrill and delight. The choreography in this show is some of the best I have enjoyed and really lifts a great musical to a whole new level.
No production of Summer Holiday would be complete without the red double decker bus, and this is no exception. An almost full size routemaster bus takes its place on stage and is nearly as impressive as the dance routines.
With not a lot in the way of set changes, the show starts on a beach or garden in the uk, sunny until a sudden downpour. Then it’s the canteen at the bus depot where Don announces to Cyril, Steve and Edwin that they are taking a bus to Europe. Everyone joins in the dance routine to Seven Days To A Holiday and then the bus is on stage, where it stays pretty much throughout. With some colourful 1960s style advertising posters forming a bit of backdrop, the road trip begins.
I loved the cast of this show. I loved all the songs, the big dance numbers, the costumes and the quick changes, I loved the bus and the comedy. All in all Summer Holiday is a winner for me, and much like all good holidays was over far too soon. 😎😎😎😎
Summer Holiday is a New Alexandra Theatre until Saturday 16th June. Book tickets here: atgtickets.com/shows/summer-holiday/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham
This isn’t a sponsored post. Julie was invited to see Summer Holiday for #BrumHour at the invitation of New Alexandra Theatre.
Julie blogs as RedandGoldWeb here: redandgoldweb.wordpress.com