Reviewed by Deborah Mackenzie
This musical is a story of love, quadrupled over! The story follows three characters, Alison (Michelle Gayle), Kat (Alice Barlow) and Paul (Michael Howe) who are searching for answers about their unreciprocated loves. The three are all from different generations, who meet when looking for ‘The Preacher Man’, a record shop in Soho in the sixties, and the man himself dubbed ‘The Preacher Man’. The Preacher Man’s reputation was passed down through the generations as someone who could solve problems.
Alison and Kat had been told of the wonder of The Preacher Man from their family, where Paul had experienced his youth in the store. Alison needed to clarify her confused feelings for someone inappropriate, Paul wanted to track down his teenage crush he never forgot and Kat for advice on a man she matched with on a dating site she couldn’t stop thinking about.
When they arrived at the store, it was now a coffee shop and The Preacher Man was now just a memory. They find three enthusiastic waitresses (The Cappuccino Sisters) and Simon (Nigel Richards) who is the son of the Preacher Man (hence the title). The three persuade Simon to fill the shoes of his late father and help fix their problems. But, can he do it?
Written by internationally renowned playwright Warner Brown and directed by Craig Revel Horwood. The cast dance and sing their way throughout the story to Dusty Springfield’s greatest hits (although some words were changed here and there). As the story unfolds you will find yourself laughing, crying and singing along to some of the greatest songs of the sixties.
One of my favourite scenes was when Simon set up a meeting for Kat at the coffee shop to meet her internet dream man, Mike. The scene is a rather raunchy dance number, that left us laughing as Mike who was a ‘good boy’ and felt uncomfortable that a girl would thrust herself upon him.
The whole show was fun, light-hearted but the music was the biggest hit as it got you toe tapping and singing. I would have loved more audience participation with these golden oldies.
Tickets cost from £15 to £54.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648