17-22 February 2014
Reviewed by Gemma Gough
As a massive Rod Stewart fan, I was thrilled to be going along to see Tonight’s the Night (inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart) and I’m pleased to say that it did not disappoint. The Playhouse was packed for the opening night of this 6 night run in Edinburgh.
The plot was perhaps a little weak but worked well for this format. A shy mechanic from Detroit, too shy to profess his love to the lovely Mary sells his soul to the devil, or rather swaps it for that of Rod Stewart. So a rock star he becomes, touring America, drinking and womanising along the way. However a tiny piece of his own soul remains and eventually he realises this is not the life for him and is reunited with his beloved Mary.
The cast are impressive, enthusiastic and energetic, performing the songs with some gusto. By far, the stand out performance of the night was from Sugababe Jade Ewen who plays Mary’s friend Dee Dee. Her voice is dazzling and her rendition of The First Cut Is The Deepest gave me goose bumps.
There are plenty of laughs too. Michael McKell provides most of these in his role as Stoner, an aging rockstar with a cockney accent and lots of innuendo. His chemistry with Baby Jane played by Tiffany Graves is tangible.
The music is the real star of this show. All the hits are there – Maggie May, Baby Jane, Hot Legs to name but a few and there’s a megamix at the end that will have you dancing in the aisles.
Whether you’re a Rod Stewart fan or not, this is a fabulous show not to be missed.
Tickets cost from £12.90 to £41.40 (plus £4 transaction fee).
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