23 April 2015
Reviewed by Tracey Flintham
The Grand Opera House in York is easily accessible with bus stops and parking close by. We parked in the Castle carpark which was just a couple of minutes walk away from the theatre and the parking is £2 for unlimited evening parking, which can be paid by coins or card payment.
The theatre is in a good condition and clean throughout the building. There is a good sized bar area selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and there were further bars and refreshment areas in different parts of the theatre. There are a number of different toilet facilities and some are a little run down and others appear to have been refurbished recently but the ladies in particular had large queues during the interval. The staff members I encountered were all friendly and helpful.
My seats were in row L in the stalls and there were of plenty of signs to direct me to the right area. There was a good amount of leg room although my seat was close to the end of the row so I couldn’t quite see all of the stage. The performance started promptly at 7.30pm and the brothers Jake and Elwood Blues quickly arrive onto the stage. The stage set is fairly basic with a backdrop of skyscrapers and they are complimented by a full blues orchestra and 2 female backing singers. For the next hour there were plenty of great songs such as “Soul Man”, “Rawhide” and “Minnie the Moocher”. The female backing singers also had the chance to take centre stage with the songs “Respect” and “Think”. The first half of the show ended with a selection of Motown songs.
There was a short interval at around 8.30 and when they came back onto stage they continued with lots more songs including “Flip Flop Fly”, “Shake a Tail Feather” and “Everybody Needs Somebody”. There was a good variety of songs from a slower pace to more upbeat numbers, and the main characters were good at including the audience getting them to stand up, clap along and sing along with them. All the singers had good strong voices and were able to cover a variety of tones in their songs. There was good banter with local references between the main characters and the audience.
All in all a good night’s entertainment which has you clapping and singing along.
The Chicago Blues Brothers are currently on tour around the UK, for more information or to book tickets at a venue near your visit www.thebluesbrothers.co.uk/dates.
For other shows at the Grand Opera House in York visit www.atgtickets.com/york.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024