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Theatre review: Sweet Charity 
7th-Jan-2010 11:52 pm
This year's big winter show at the Menier Chocolate Factory is a revival of Sweet Charity, another show angling for a West End transfer and judging from the fact that its whole run has been sold out for ages, I wouldn't be too surprised if it gets it. I went with Christopher, and our record of theatre trips together hasn't always been the best (Fram, anyone?) but this was one of the good'uns. Tamzin Outhwaite plays the title role, a "dance hall hostess" who's getting a bit past her sell-by date (Christopher would like it made clear that he did not comment in the interval about her looking older in person, or make a crack about the botox wearing off.) Charity's problem is men, and she seems doomed to repeat the same mistakes with them (illustrated by the fact that her various suitors are all played by Mark Umbers, who's very funny in the multiple roles.)

Outhwaite is very good, with a strong singing voice, and despite being in the front row I was distracted enough by her performance not to jump on stage and claw her eyes out for daring to be married to Tom Ellis. So that's nice. Josefina Gabrielle and Tiffany Graves are also good as Charity's friends, and in the supporting cast Annalisa Rossi stands out as a particularly gobby dance hall girl, with a nice line in physical comedy. The production has a strong '60s feel that affectionately makes fun of the period, especially its dance styles, and with a fair number of well-known songs director Matthew White does a good job of making them seem fresh - particularly the best-known, "Hey Big Spender," which he gives back its rather sleazy original meaning and strips of any karaoke associations. The story is barely there, but the songs and energy make up for it, this is an excellent example of how well a musical can work.

Sweet Charity by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields is booking until the 7th of March at the Menier Chocolate Factory (returns only.)
10th-Jan-2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm going on Tuesday all being well, and it sounds like a very enjoyable and well done evening. I wondered if the lovely Mr Umbers takes his shirt off?

And now we have more in common than love for cake and Celia Imrie. We obviously share an irrational lust for Tom Ellis. Every time he appeared in Miranda I felt my stomach turn over, he is just so jaw-droppingly sexy. Adolescent behaviour at my age - oh dear
10th-Jan-2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
I wondered if the lovely Mr Umbers takes his shirt off?

He does for a bit, yes, although he's not really my thing so I wasn't paying that much attention.

And now we have more in common than love for cake and Celia Imrie. We obviously share an irrational lust for Tom Ellis.

Heh, I don't think it's just you and me, the whole of lowculture went wibbly at Miranda, and the last episode of Doctor Who Series 3. And when I said to Christopher in the interval that she's married to Tom Ellis, he said
"Who's that?"
"Did you watch Miranda?"
"Oh, Episode 4. In the navy uniform."
I just loved that he immediately knew which episode it was as well, like he'd had iPlayer cued up on repeat.

Edited at 2010-01-10 07:42 pm (UTC)
10th-Jan-2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ah Yes - the naval uniform...(retires to satisfy carnal cravings)
11th-Jan-2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, speaking of Dame Celia, did you know about this?
11th-Jan-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
No I didn't - thank you very much.

While I was "musing" on the delights of Tom ellis, I wondered what we might have seen (without the uniform?) if Miranda had stated at 10pm rather than 8.30 !!
13th-Jan-2010 01:43 am (UTC)
I loved Sweet Charity tonight, an excellent cast and Tamzin Outhwaite certainly has the required star quality. In support Josefina Gabriele and Mark Umbers stood out for me

I find Mr Unbers almost as attractive as Tom Ellis (fantasy spitroast) so given your usual reports you really should mention the opening of Act II, when he reappears in the broken down lift clad only in a very fetching pair of white underpants! A beautiful body indeed.

Have booked for Celia so thanks again
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