With a book, music and lyrics by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, there’s a lot to recommended with Eugenius!, but any major staging also makes blatantly obvious the problems that need to be tackled to take the show to the next stage.
Sopher Linder-Lee is quite a find. Her powerfully flexible and wonderfully accurate voice, as well as her attractive stage presence virtually monopolised the stage after the intermission.
Unfortunately, dramatically, the dry powder never sparks alight, and this is a dry night at the theatre.
If you stand, expect to become part of the action, as Bunny Christies’ superb design flows and moves with the audience- it’s rather wonderful that the crew also take a bow at the end.
Nearly 35 years later, it has not lost any of its relevance in its dissection of the American dream and its ideal that anyone can reach the top if they have enough wits, guts and determination.
Mark Ludmon reviews the UK premiere of Bock and Harnick’s musical Rothschild & Sons at Park Theatre
I loved John, even though it will take me days to unpack everything in it, and even then I may not know exactly what is going on. Unique and extraordinary, have I already seen the play of the year?
As a tasty confection, what they have to offer is hard to beat. You get to the end of it longing for more and are secretly delighted to have discovered a new addiction. I can’t wait for the next helping and I believe more is coming. Let it be soon!