Stephen Sondheim is, without question, one of the greatest living lyricists, and his contributions to musical theatre will be revered for decades to come. Sadly, Road Show is not one of his finer efforts, although The Union Theatre’s inventive and solidly performed production makes for an enjoyable night at the theatre, if you leave your disbelief at the door.
With direction from Michael Burgen, musical direction from Bryan Hodgson, and choreography by Matt Kazan, this version of Loserville sparkles with enthusiastic effervescence, combining familiar comic stereotypes with excellent ensemble singing and dancing, and giving some excellent performers a chance to shine, all the while emphasising the inherent gifts provided by book, score and lyrics.
Victoria Sierra as Jenny Cavilleri and David Albury as Oliver Barratt IV, as the young student couple share the warmth and passion of youth, determined to make their place in the world, despite family misgivings. There is real chemistry in their performances, allowing the audience to buy into their relationship.
Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling novel and subsequent film of the same name, Love Story is a heart breaking ‘chamber musical’ that is the second piece to be featured in the Union Theatre ‘s Howard Goodall Season. Book and lyrics for Love Story are by Stephen Clark. Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny – … Read more