Miss Nightingale at The Lowry Review

Miss Nightingale
The Burlesque Musical

19-22 June 2013

Reviewed by Michelle Wright

Wartime drama, glamour and a sense of Berlin’s more liberal lifestyle of the 1940’s bring the musical of Miss Nightingale to life on stage at The Lowry!

This fabulous musical by Matthew Bugg features original songs performed by a group of 6 actors, singers and musicians, and stars burlesque bombshell Amber Topaz.

Maggie Brown (Amber Topaz), a budding cabaret star, leaves Sheffield for the lights of London whilst her brother Henry is fighting in the dessert. Whilst she is waiting for her big time break, Maggie does her bit for the cause as by day she volunteers as a nurse. She meets and falls in love with a married man, who introduces her to a wealthy club owner. Her act is different. It’s saucy, sassy dancing to songs written for her by George, a Polish Jew who wants to introduce the exciting nightlife of Berlin into his songs and the London club seen.

It’s not all music and dancing; there are some great insights into the everyday lives of the people in wartime London, especially the underground lives of homosexuals at the time. There are stories of love, deceit and heartbreak…

The musical has some fabulous, cheeky numbers performed to perfection and at times are a little risky – but as they say burlesque is more tease than strip!

Although some of the storylines are in fact very deep and insightful, this is such a humorous show that had an audience of all ages laughing throughout!

The show is on a nationwide tour but you can catch it at The Lowry now!

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £15 – £19.

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