Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
From the second you enter the New Alexander Theatre in Birmingham you are spellbound by the sea of spandex, tank tops, platforms and questionable hairdos. It’s the 70s baby!
The cast take centre stage on the disco dance floor before the show begins, and the audience can’t help but join in boogieing to some of the most famous seventies smash hits!
The story is told by Roddy O’Neill who is excellently played by Elliot Gooch. Roddy is a charming Jack-the-Lad and he tells the story of his on-off relationship with Debs (Isabella Kibble) and also with his Elvis crazy father, Eamon, who is played by Liam Huband.
As the story progresses, we meet Trish (Melissa Huband) and Terry (Thomas Parkinson) who had the audience in stitches with their own little love story. And we also meet Spencer Gabriel (Gibsa Bah) and his band “The Love Machine” and Spencer’s bruised and bitter girlfriend, Lorraine (Grace Williams).
Roddy has his own dreams, desperately wanting to break into the music business and despises the thought of being trapped in an ordinary life with an ordinary job and wife to boot. He carelessly plays around and suffers the consequences of his actions. Long suffering Debs realises she can’t rely on him and he doesn’t understand just how much he’s let her down until this is accidentally revealed by Terry.
Roddy and his father have a impassioned relationship but this provides a lot of laughs along the way. Eamon is skilfully and hilariously played by Liam Huband. Eamon gives a very moving rendition of “Always on my Mind” – every member of the audience could feel his heartache.
The show is performed with the intention being to involve the audience and make them feel part of what’s going on. The set is well thought out, allowing enough space for the huge cast. Every possible popular 70s disco song that you can think of is in this show, the dance floor being the focal point and very impressive it is too!
The choreography has been brilliantly designed especially when the entire cast are onstage simultaneously… their energy is endless, they are clearly having fun and want the audience to be a part of that.
Special mention should be made of the performances of Isabella Kibble, Jonah Sercombe, Mellissa Huband and Grace Williams who would certainly not be out of their depth on a West End stage.
If you are looking for a great night out that will leave you smiling (and singing), climb into a pair of sparkly platforms, put some bright eye shadow on and get down to the New Alexander Theatre.
Tickets cost from £15.50 to £24.50 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Boogie Nights is at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from 22-25 August 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham or call the box office on 0844 871 3011.
New Alexandra Theatre, Suffolk Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4DS