Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
Last night, I was fortunate to take my daughter Heidi (age 9) to see David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy The Musical, live at The Lowry theatre in Manchester.
The show Billionaire Boy, written by my daughter’s current favourite author, is currently touring with their live performance of the bestselling children’s book of the same name.
My daughter has read all of Walliams’ books and was super excited to be able to watch the book performed on a live stage.
The show sees Joe Spud, a child billionaire, who’s Dad Les made his money from his invention “Bum Fresh” (my daughter found it hilarious that it said bum on a sign on the stage). Bum Fresh is an innovative new invention which is wet on one side and dry on the other and has been sold worldwide, making the Spuds very rich indeed.
However, despite Joe’s billions in the bank, he doesn’t have a single friend… all he wants is a friend. So he asks his dad if he can attend the local comprehensive school where nobody knows who he is and they can’t pretend to be his friend for money or call him “Bum Fresh Boy”.
After much persuasion, Joe gets his way and he is enrolled at his new school and on his first day meets a new friend Bob. Bob soon realises that Joe is rich and so do the rest of the school… it doesn’t take long for them to all start changing the way they treat Joe.
Joe, so used to being alone while his dad is off spending his money on his entourage, feels overjoyed when a new girl at school wants to be his girlfriend. But is she really who she seems to be? Bob doesn’t think so, he tries to warn Joe, which results in them falling out.
Throughout the show there is a clear message that money doesn’t buy happiness. All Joe’s Dad wanted was to be so rich that he and Joe could have anything they wanted but the more money he makes, it seems the little time he spends with Joe. All Joe really wants is his dad and some true friends. Money doesn’t seem to be getting him that.
The ending takes a quick turn when minty Bum Fresh turns people’s bottoms purple. This got a huge laugh from the young audience. Joe’s Dad loses all his money, but did that money really make him happy?
The show was very engaging and had the young audience fully enthralled, there were quite a few adult jokes thrown in which was a nice touch.
The way the set was used, and the characters were so distinguishable, even though some actors played multiple characters was really well done.
We had an amazing night and my daughter said she would rate the show 5/5.
Tickets cost from £15 (booking fees may apply).
Billionaire Boy The Musical is at The Lowry in Manchester from 14-17 February 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000