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Seven BridesSeven Brides for seven Brothers: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Director and Choreographer: Patti Columbo

Producers: Paul Nicholas, George Critchley & Peter Frosdick

Cast: Sam Attwater, Helena Blackman, Jack Greaves, Georgina Parkinson

Monday 24th February – Saturday 1st March 2014

Running Time: 3 hrs

You wouldn’t be here tonight if you didn’t wish to see a knee slapping performance:
a “Rootin-tootin” performance indeed. You have to have a sense of endearment for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers musical to enjoy it, based on this performance in any case, as It’s such an innocently sweet and sugary production.

This plays superbly into Jack Greaves (Gideon) and Georgina Parkinson’s (Alice) hands.  With such a large cast creating the potential trap of diluting any notable performances, these two’s chemistry stands out; certainly a highlight. Georgina and Jack provide an overt sense of endearment throughout and suit the roles well.

 

However this is not to overshadow Sam Stone’s performance of one of brother ‘Frank (-inscense)’, tagged with the comedic role, allowing him to stand out from the relatively standard performances.  Sadly this can be said for the starring roles of Sam Attwater (Adam Pontipee) and Helena Blackman (Milly).  They were definably standard. There was some sparks of life between the two, but these are somewhat short lived. Valliant efforts but not fantastic and their vocals never soared on their solo performances either.

The choral numbers were great, which you should expect with a large cast, special mention to ‘’Sobbin’ Women’’ and ‘’We Gotta Make It Through The Winter’’ where the combination of the brothers created a sound which they should deem themselves proud to have created. It was a lovely group harmonic.  The choreography was fantastic, a real old west hoe down with acrobatic and agile displays; cannot fault anyone for athleticism anyway.  The length of some scenes, unfortunately, is hard to bear.  The hoe down feel just went on and on, especially for the ‘Wedding Dance’; which may be argued as being the big number.

The music is well performed and a special mention to the live on stage musicians; but sometimes it feels like an overload because of the length of the scenes.

As a summary, this performance Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was, bar three stand out performances, is a typical one. It’s not to everyone’s tastes. It’s reflective of its time, but this wasn’t  a great production of the old classic. 

Tom Marshall

 

 

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