13 May 2016
Reviewed by Janice Jobber
I was lucky enough to be chosen to do a review for the Starman – a musical tribute to David Bowie, at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable which is situated next to a few bars, one which serves great and reasonably priced food.
We arrived at the car park, which was easy to find and free after 7pm. We made our way to the theatre which is a very short walk away. We went into the foyer which was very busy with people either chatting excitedly about the show or queuing for drinks at the well-stocked bar. As well as alcoholic drinks you can also buy tea, coffee and a selection of sweets. We went to reception to pick up our tickets from a very pleasant member of staff. We were then shown which door we need to go through to get to our seats. We went to the bar waited a few minutes to get served by a very friendly young man. We then walked in to the auditorium and to our seats which had a great view of the stage. It was all set with all the instruments and a huge picture of David Bowie in his ‘Aladdin Sane’ make up.
At 7.30 the show started with the famous song ‘Major Tom’. The band was made up of 2 guitarists, keyboard, drummer a backing singer and of course the main vocalist. We were told the show is a musical tribute and the singer was not trying to be David Bowie, but having said that, he did sound very like him singing some of the songs. The music just flowed all through the first half, there was even a costume change.
When they came back for the second half it was just as lively as the first, singing well known hits as Starman, Rebel Rebel, All The Young Dudes and many, many more. More costume changes. At the same time there pictures of David Bowie throughout his career being shown on the big screen. The whole audience loved it.
I was very surprised to learn through the show that this was their first ever performance. I would never have guessed as they were doing a wonderful job. I would love to see this tribute act again as I am sure they will go from strength to strength the longer they perform. If the show is ever in your area I would definitely recommend you go to see it.
For more information and tour dates visit www.bowiestarman.com.
For other shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080