MICHAEL BALL in

 

EMMA WILLIAMS     ANTON RODGERS     BRIAN BLESSED

NICHOLA McAULIFFE     RICHARD O'BRIEN

 

Are you old enough to remember the 60's movie? With a score by the Sherman Brothers and with Dick Van Dyke in the lead, the intent was to try to repeat the success of MARY POPPINS. The result was a pleasant movie with an enjoyable score.

In it a young male widow buys an old car to his children and soon they all (together with the sweet Truly, the female interest) embark on a fantastic adventure that takes them to a small country where children are forbidden.

Well, the stage version tells the same story and does it with enough magic to turn us all in amazed children.

Of course this isn't a great piece of musical theatre, what this is is a terrific piece of entertainment. Director Adrian Noble make us believe that a car can really fly and take us into a colorful and magical world where everything is possible and where all dreams can come true.

The show physical production is huge, but it never comes in the way of the story and it's a fabulous spectacle to all our senses. The choreography by Gillian Lynne (CATS) is highly entertaining and energetic, with a couple of great numbers: "Toot Sweets" and "The Roses of Success" (with its CHICAGO nuances).

The sets and costumes are imaginative and the lighting design is flawless.

The cast is in perfect harmony with the spirit of the show and although Michael Ball may not have the crazy side and dance expertise of Dick Van Dyke, is convincing as the young widow and he easily conquers the heart of the public.

This is an exciting show that for a couple of hours makes us forget all our worries and believe in magic again. So, allow yourself to be a kid again and run to see this musical.

Music and Lyrics by
RICHARD M. SHERMAN and ROBERT B. SHERMAN

Adapted for the stage by
JEREMY SAMS

Musical Staging and Choreography by
GILLIAN LYNNE
Directed by
ADRIAN NOBLE

 

Photos by Alastair Muir and Mark Douet

Rated by Jorge: ++++