Ball is an exceptional, utterly convincing Mack. He completely gets under the skin of the character, finding precisely the right level to pitch every moment of anger, driven determination, and offhand callousness. The passion for making comedy films that can see people of any race and creed laugh in any place on the planet is the backbone of Ball’s characterisation. He is entirely unsentimental in his delivery and never seeks the approval of the audience. Musically, Ball is exceptional. He uses his big, bright voice deftly, producing clear, strong notes, ringing phrases of great colour, and perfectly supported passages of soft and delicate singing
Seriously – anyone interested in good productions of musicals should hot foot it to Manchester to catch Bond’s work. The puppet plants which Olié produces here are wonderful, that magic combination of fascinating and repellant. Gunnar Cauthery makes an excellent Seymour, all shy, geeky and naive. Kelly Price is luminous as Audrey.