Boys in The Band reviewed by Tiffany Markman, copywriter, editor and mom to an almost-three-year-old, who tries to balance her workaholism with cuddles, books, caffeine & reining in her intrinsic kugelry. Follow her on twitter.
I loved this show! And what’s more, I didn’t expect to. Because:
1. I’m not what you’d call ‘musical’.
2. I don’t get squeaky about boy bands. Even the pretty ones.
3. I like my music to be barely audible and largely in the background, while I eat. You know, for atmosphere.
But Boys in the Band absolutely rocked my socks. Here’s why:
1. They have BEAUTIFUL voices.
2. They’re really pretty. And cool. And cute. And they dance nicely.
3. Their songs are true to the originals; at least, as far as I can tell.
Also, some of their numbers are my old faves, from Simon & Garfunkel, the Bee Gees and the Jackson 5. You’ll also hear classics like Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Can’t Buy Me Love, Blame It On The Boogie, and Night Fever…
What to expect, in summary:
Two hours – including the interval – of toe-tapping good times, from a professional Ozzie quartet: the brilliant Simon, sexy Leigh, honey-toned Nana and camp-as-a-row-of-tents Tom (who’ll have his own screaming fan club).
There’s no real narrative (which unsettled me a bit at the start; I’m an utter pleb), but it all works, flows and blends – and you leave feeling uplifted, happy and merrily entertained. It isn’t Phantom or Les Mis, but it’s fun. Have a look.
Is it for the kiddies? Sort of.
If your kids are a) seriously into boy bands, old and new, or b) able to appreciate a mostly-musical show without a storyline or major staging, take ‘em along. There are matinees on weekends. It runs until 13 October 2013.
Note: No children under 3 allowed.
Click here to find out more about booking for the show which runs until October 13th, 2013