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REVIEW: Carnaby Street
11:31am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Entertainments
CARNABY Street is a feelgood musical packed with more than 30 hits from the swinging sixties. Before we went, I wasn’t sure how many of the songs I would know, but my friend and I quickly found ourselves bopping along to Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Twist and Shout and I Like It.
The high energy show is set against a backdrop of London’s West End in the sixties complete with brilliant outfits.
It follows the story of the aptly named Jude and Penny Lane, brilliantly played by Jonny Bower and Aimie Atkinson, who hitchhike from Liverpool to London in search of fame and fortune.
The story is narrated by Aaron Sidwell, formerly of Eastenders, who came across as likeable and charming.
The pop hits help develop the predictable – but still captivating – storyline, along with a fantastic four-piece band. The main characters put in exceptional performances with faultless singing.
Lily The Pink (Paul Hazel) was hilarious and Hugo Harold-Harrison was believable as obnoxious label owner Arnold Layne.
Special mention must go to Mark Pearce as T, who belted out rock classics Mustang Sally, Born To Be Wild and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.
We were exhausted by the time the megamix came on at the end, but most of the audience were up on their feet dancing.
Leaving the theatre, there appeared to be mixed responses from different age groups.
I’m not sure how well those who knew more about the 60s enjoyed the show, but I felt it wasn’t supposed to be taken seriously.
Carnaby Street is at the Mayflower until Saturday.
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