26-30 July 2016
Reviewed by Lorna Templeton
Jackie Magazine was a sensation in the 70s, and the crowd this evening, largely made up of ladies who would have been teenagers at the magazine’s peak, still remember it fondly. But even for someone whose teenage years were the 90s rather than the 70s this show is well worth a watch. With no real idea of what the show was before I went along it was a very pleasant surprise.
The songs were all well-known hits and performed with gusto, and the story, although nothing ground-breaking or new, was enough to tie the music together. What really made the show so entertaining was a really excellent cast, one of the best I’ve ever come across in a touring musical. Janet Dibley, best known for a stint in Eastenders, carried the show with ease as main character Jackie. Daisy Steere was very engaging as Jackie’s younger incarnation, and Lori Haley Fox looked like she was having the time of her life as Jill. Nicholas Bailey, another former Eastender, was somewhat underused, with a character that could have been given much more depth, but he has the kind of voice it would be a pleasure to hear sing the phone book and he was wonderful with everything he was given. Bob Harms also stole every scene he was in as Frankie and was great fun. Michael Hamway was very believable as his teenage character and it would have been nice to see more of him singing and dancing, but his acting was funny and sweet enough to keep the character very likeable. There really wasn’t a cast member who put a foot wrong.
The show managed to cleverly insert many references to the magazine which inspired it; even the legendary Cathy & Claire appeared! The empowering ending was very well-judged and played extremely well to its audience. The audience were on their feet, dancing and singing along on many occasions, in an atmosphere more often seen on a Saturday night than a Tuesday show, testament to the quality of the show in front of them. The cast announced at the end that it was the last week of the tour and I really hope Jackie continues, it’s a show the deserved longevity and has all the makings of a word-of-mouth hit. With a cast as strong as the current one it could be a success for many years to come, a real classic “night out with the girls” event.
As ever the King’s Theatre was a wonderful venue to visit and the whole evening was really great fun, I’ll certainly be telling all my friends to catch the show while they can.
Tickets cost from £14.90 to £49.40 (plus £3.85 transaction fee).
Jackie the Musical is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 30 July 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648