12 March 2015
Reviewed by Lucy Lowndes
We arrived in Buxton at around 7pm giving us plenty of time to park up and collect our tickets before the production started at 7.30pm.
The Opera House is very easy to find from the main road and well sign posted. We managed to park on the side of the road outside the park which is only a minutes walk to the opera house doors. Parking was also free as we had arrived after 6pm. If you arrive before then you will have to buy a pay and display ticket.
We entered the Opera House and went up to the ticket desk, the man behind the counter was very friendly and sorted out our tickets straightaway.
As our seats were situated in the dress circles we made our way up the stairs where we were greeted by a friendly steward who kindly showed us to our seats. Our seats were on row D, seats 8 and 9. The seats were perfect with a brilliant view of the stage.
The Opera House is a magnificent building with wonderful decor. From where we were sitting we could see most of the amazing Opera House ceiling, which is painted with cherubs. It truly is a wonderful sight.
Back to Broadway is an all singing, all dancing, theatrical sensation, that takes you on a breath-taking journey through a compilation of musicals.
The performance started promptly at 7.30pm. From the very beginning it transported us through musical after musical, including The Lion King, Copocabana, Les Miserables, Dirty Dancing, Jersey Boys, Dreamgirls, Wicked, Starship Troopers and The Phantom of the Opera to name just a few.
There were 7 performers altogether, 3 girls and 4 boys, and each one had an amazing singing voice. The quick changes between the acts were fast and the stage was never empty for long.
About an hour into the performance there was a 20 minute interval, which gave us the opportunity to visit the toilets and purchase some ice creams. The ice creams were all priced at £2.50.
We returned to our seats, and the show began again. The second half of the show was just as good as the first and continued for another good hour. At the end of the second half, the main performer interacted with the audience and then encouraged us all to get up on our feet to dance and clap along to their final performance! The whole theatre was buzzing, it was a wonderful fun atmosphere. The production concluded at about 10pm.
This is a great feel good show for all of the family. I would highly recommend everyone to go and see this show.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN | 0845 127 2190