Reviewed by Kathryn Harrison
Monday night (26 February 2016) saw the opening night of A Spoonful of Sherman at St Helens Theatre Royal. This show celebrates 100 years of Sherman family music featuring all the songs we know and love from the Sherman family.
Starting with Al Sherman, who moved to New York from Europe as a child with his family in 1909. We are told how he started his career as a mood musician playing music for silent movies before going on to write hits for some of the biggest names in show business, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra amongst many others. Al married Rosa and went on to have two son’s Richard and Robert, also known as Dick and Bob. The Sherman family travelled America with Al writing and performing his music, due to their transient lifestyle the Sherman’s became an extremely close knit family unit. After Dick and Bob graduated from university they began writing music together as a duo and would become known as The Sherman Brothers. In 1961 the brothers began their collaboration with Disney where they wrote some of their most memorable songs, including the scores for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, and many many more.
The show had a small cast of just five performers who rather than playing set roles all worked together to narrate the story and showcase the fantastic music from this talented family. Each cast member was extremely talented vocally with Mark Read and Ben Stock also playing the piano live on stage to provide the musical accompaniment to the songs. The two female performers, Sophie-Louise Dann and Jenna Innes had two very different vocal styles which complimented each other beautifully. However for me it was Glen Facey’s on stage presence, as well as his acrobatics, that really stole the show.
This was a fun family show that takes you on a trip down memory lane listening to “The songbook of your childhood.”
Tickets cost from £17.50 to £23.50 (booking fees may apply).
A Spoonful of Sherman is at St Helens Theatre Royal from 26-28 February 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01744 756000.
St. Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St.Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ