Spontaneous Broadway

Julia Zemiro as Sally Anne de Finklestein
Genevieve Morris as Dame Helen Highwater
Geoff Paine as Chad Bradley
Ross Daniels as Gordon Supwell
Russell Fletcher - Your Host
John Thorn - Musical Director
and special guest Andrew McClelland

Trades Hall, Thursday 23rd April 2009


I don't know how it managed it, but this show still makes me feel happy even just thinking about it, I had no idea that it would be as good as it was. I was interested in seeing it mainly for Julia Zemiro, but there were so many other good things about the show also. I had forgotten how flustered I was having to go all the way to the end of the line after seeing another show in the same room just before it within the first 10 minutes.

The show is set up as a parody of bad musical theatre with the usual comedic stereotypes in place as the characters can use it to develop the ideas they get from the audience into improvised songs in the first half, then put on a full musical in the second half.

On the night I went due to some of the audience booing the idea, Andrew McClelland and Julia Zemiro's song "the colour of your tonsils" was turned into the musical "My Dentist, My Darling" set in Victorian London with Andrew as the world's most sexist man and Julia as a suffragette dentist. The rest of the cast played supporting roles, with only the occasional scene cut out when it wasn't going to work or looked to be going off the rails.

John Thorn and the support drummer did an excellent job coming up with improvised music on the spot and were happy to keep playing when people were fluffing their lines and trying to come up with a song like nothing out of the ordinary was happening.

This show sold out most of its season fairly quickly and quite a few people in the audience were comedians or musicians themselves, so you know it has to be a good show if one act was late for their own show due to staying to see this performance (it had started late on the night I saw it.)

I went on the mailing list when I put my song idea in, so I look forward to seeing it again in the future when it will be a completely different show.



Created on ... April 4, 2009