The Barricade Boys The Other Palace Studio, 7th December 2017 5 Stars Book Now If there’s something that is guaranteed to make a festive season truly joyful, then it is a perfectly constructed and executed cabaret, and that is what you get – in spades – from this tightly focussed and intimately presented entertainment, designed, produced, directed and performed by a quartet of male alumni of ‘that’ long running show in the West End about revolution, dreams and bringing him home. Since their foundation a couple of years ago, ‘The Barricade Boys’ have become a welcome addition to the occasional lighter end of musical theatre entertainment, with their well constructed and expertly delivered packages of the familiar and the much less well known, smart outfits, nifty stage moves, and a glamorously generous band of seven, as they have toured an interesting choice of medium sized venues around the country. Now, … Read more
Although there are a few moments when the old girl creaks slightly, for the most part the staging feels contemporary and interest is snapped to attention right from the very start, when the slightly menacing words of the auctioneer herald the commencement of proceedings. The sequences in the Phantom’s lair, complete with boat, candles and ornate organ are almost hypnotic; tendrils of smoke wrap around the imagination, infusing the action and music with intrigue. Harriet Jones is beautiful, petite and alluring, exactly as Christine Daaé should be. Vocally, as the Phantom, Kieran Brown’s fine, high-baritone is silky, seductive, and powerful.