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REVIEW: Beatlemania – The Pavilion, Glasgow

It is over fifty years since The Beatles released their debut album “Please Please Me” and Beatlemania is still very much alive and well and filling theatres and concert halls up and down the country.

Beatlemania is also the name of the well-established tribute act playing to the packed house at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre.

A musical love letter to the Fab Four, it follows a format now familiar: an ‘in character’ concert from the sharp-suited early days to the final Apple years. Rip-roaring through the back catalogue of the worlds greatest ever band.

The engaging quartet are without doubt talented musicians, particularly worthy of note is the drumming of Dave Gee as Ringo and the nifty playing by guitarist Rich Jevons as George. The pairing of Paul McDonough and David Peterson as Lennon and McCartney are competent if a little vertically challenged and in McCartney’s case, a little more substantial in girth, but the pair provide a little between-song banter to amuse the crowd. There’s also an attractive light show throughout. Of note the band don’t utilise projection screens to set the scene for each era as most of their contemporaries do.

But it’s the songs the audience is here for. Those age-defying, generation-busting classics – and every one really is a winner. It’s hard to whittle The Beatles vast back catalogue down to a 2 hour set, but the choices here cover the biggest and best, much to the delight of the crowd who sang, clapped and attempted to dance* their way throughout.

It did lack that certain sharp edge to the sound and electrifying immediacy that the very best Beatle acts achieve, though this could be down to the acoustics of the auditorium or the sound mixing on the night, but this is a hugely enjoyable evening and hearing the first chord of these much-loved tunes is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Well worth the ticket price visit if they’re visiting your town. A great night of nostalgia.

*On a side-note and no reflection on the highly talented musicianship onstage, were the antics of the Pavilion crowd. Not unlike an episode of Off Their Rockers or You’ve Been Framed, it was definitely Pensioners Behaving Badly; the frisky Friday night audience of advancing years provided some entertaining highlights of their own.

There were the dance rebels, who, disgusted at the staff’s zero-tolerance policy on boogieing led a rebellion in the aisles and vociferously voiced their dismay to the band at any quiet moment. After most of the boppers had been calmed by the staff, the lone rebel, committed to showing his defiance, managed to cuff a fellow audience member on the back of the head during one particularly I’ll-advised move, only to be rewarded by the injured party with a punch in the face.

Joining them were the strategic bar queue manoeuvrers who had the psychic ability to calculate when the interval was coming and stage a mass walk out to get to the head of the line as the band were still giving their all onstage.

There also appeared to be little awareness from some that the were not actually in their own living rooms and some chatted incessantly throughout. Thankfully the volume level of the band managed to drown out the majority of it.

REVIEW: Avenue Q – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

There can be few who call themselves musical theatre lovers who have yet to see Avenue Q, Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty’s naughty but (ultimately) nice satire on the lives of the twenty-something human and not-so human, residents of a downbeat New York street. It is testament to the popularity of the piece that after four years of almost continual touring since leaving the West End, the show is still packing in audiences around the country.

Neither those returning to the piece nor first timers, will be disappointed by Sell a Door Theatre Company’s latest production. The gang’s all here: Princeton, Rod, Nicky, Kate, Brian, Christmas Eve, The Bad Idea Bears and of course, Trekkie Monster, as are the now infamous songs “The Internet is for Porn”, ‘Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”

In comparison to shows such as Book of Mormon, with whom it shares a composer (Robert Lopez), Avenue Qis beginning to look more like the naughty little sibling rather than the controversial, ground-breaking, triple Tony award-winning daddy of modern musicals that it once was (the Gary Coleman reference in particular dates the piece badly). But, that said, it is still a winner. So well does it articulate the foibles of modern life and relationships that it never fails to raise a smile.

Stand-out amongst the engaging cast is Stephen Arden who skilfully juggles the multiple roles of Nicky, a Bad Idea Bear and the show-stealing Trekkie Monster with an ease that belies the difficult character changes. His physicality and vibrant energy are impressive as is Emily-Jane Morris as Christmas Eve whose knock out vocals bring the house down in “The More You Ruv Someone”.

Less than successful is Lucie-Mae Sumner who, whilst utterly captivating in her characterisation of Kate Monster is less convincing in the role of Lucy The Slut and her thin vocals fail to do justice to one of the show’s most iconic songs “There’s a Fine, Fine, Line”.

Avenue Q still retains its ability to thoroughly entertain and remains as irreverent, infectious and utterly irresistible as it ever has.


REVIEW: Billy Elliot – Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow

The producers of Billy Elliot in the West End operate a youth programme and have selected Shine Youth Theatre Group to stage this production of the award-winning show at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre.

The Pavilion has a large stage to fill and it was really heartwarming to see children performing with absolute professionalism. Their focus was unfaltering throughout especially Reece Miller in the title role, Ryan Cuthell (11) as cross-dressing best friend Michael, and Lawrence Sharkey as Mr. Elliot, a 17 year old with a tenor voice full of resonance that would match any West End leading man. Stars of the future for sure.

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