This is the closest one of my reviews will get to a love letter: a love letter to Curve and some letters of love to the talents of Curve’s Leading Ladies, Jessica Daley, Djalenga Scott, Carly Mercedes Dyer and their musical director pianist George Dyer – he that makes playing the piano brilliantly look so completely effortless. Dyer’s piano playing gives the impression that he and the piano are one gloriously tuneful musical creation. Boy, can that man play!
So this was the show’s promotional promise:
‘Three of Curve’s favourite leading ladies bring you an evening of the greatest songs and stories from past Made at Curve musicals, in an intimate performance in the Studio Theatre.
Olivier Award nominee Carly Mercedes Dyer (Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, West Side Story), Jessica Daley (Billy Elliot, Evita, White Christmas) and Djalenga Scott (Grease, Chicago, Annie) sing a selection of your favourite musical theatre songs from Curve’s past, accompanied on piano by Musical Director George Dyer (Wizard of Oz, Billy Elliot, West Side Story).
Featuring legendary stories from three musical theatre leading ladies and brand new arrangements of timeless classics that have graced the Curve stage, including: The Sound of Music, Oliver, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, The King and I, West Side Story and many more… something for every theatre fan!
Includes brand new arrangements of timeless classics that have graced the Curve stage, including Natural Woman (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Up Where We Belong (An Officer and A Gentleman), America (West Side Story), As If We Never Said Goodbye (Sunset Boulevard), There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Grease), and Shine (Billy Elliot the Musical).’
Does it live up to the hype?
You bet it does and more. It is a long time since I have sat in an audience that have been so 100% attentive and appreciative of the talents on stage. No phones going off, no sweetie wrappers rustling, no annoying audience chit chat during the performance. It’s a perfect evening at the theatre.
We not only get all the promised songs but some terrific show tune medleys, superbly delivered numbers, some unexpected songs and most beautiful of all is the instant and natural engagement between these stellar performers and the audience. The evening feels like – by some quirky musical theatre miracle – we have all been invited for a friendly natter with three extra-ordinary female talents who not only sing to us with enchantment, guts and humour but also entertain us with their backstage stories connected to their careers and Curve related roles.
As one audience member was heard to declare “That was blumming fabulous. I could easily listen to a few more hours of that.” What she said and what myself and the rest of the audience are thinking.
The intimate concert is called Reprise and Reprise has another (and final) reprise on Thursday 6th April. I urge you to book now to avoid disappointment. It starts at 7.45pm. The Curve Studio seats are mega comfy, you get a funny story about a St Valentine’s donkey thrown in for free, there is a Q&A, and as hoped for, the musical theatre talents on stage are pitch perfect top notch. What’s not to love? Tonight (Weds) I am totally smitten from the first song to the very end. Jessica Daley, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Djalenga Scott and George ‘fast fingers’ Dyer await you.
Running time 1 hour and 45 minutes (including 15 minute interval)
Please note: This show contains mild use of strong language and not suitable for small children under 6.