Wallop On Tour

 

 

Surrey Advertiser

Theo Spring
****

This musical travelogue, devised by Rosemary Minchin, started at a fully-operative Terminal 5 with a medley of plane-related melodies, stopping off at countries around the world where equally relevant songs were delivered, all in pertinent costume.


Director Ira Murray held a real ace for the production - her troupe of young dancers. They enhanced every scene in which they appeared with their delightful dancing, choreographed by Tracey and Sophie Paice, their energy, their stage presence and their ability to sing. All seven of them were worth their weight in gold.


Projected postcards of cities and monuments added interest and the songs were interspersed with sketches and rhymes.
From the kick off of Come Fly With Me to the final London Medley, songs were carefully chosen to give variety of pace, concerted numbers and solos. New comic words were given to The Boy From Ipanema in the South American Medley and soloist in the North American Medley sang Broadway Baby beautifully. Here too, Yankie Doodle Dandy brought out some lively tap. The Red Carpet Treatment sketch introduced many famous Hollywood names on Oscar night where we met Mae West, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable and Judy Garland.


In Africa we met Nellie the Elephant on her escape run and were treated to a tuneful Wimoweh, in Oz, Sun Arise and Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport set the scene, and Slow Boat to China was one of the choices for Asia. The numbers for Europe were eclectic with Sophie Paice's choreography to Lady of Spain a highlight, and France represented by Piaf's La Vie En Rose. The Streets of London duet was charming and the whole evening closed on lively home ground with an East End knees up at the Old Bull and Bush.


Smooth transitions and a confident, smiling cast evidenced hard rehearsal work and the many musical cues were in the safe hands of Robert Randall and his band.