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Calamity Jane, Alhambra Theatre Bradford

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 4th Feb 2015 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
Calamity Jane

A lone musician walks up to the stage to play a banjo that is hanging down against the curtain; it was an unusual start for this big production of the musical Calamity Jane.

In this new touring version Calamity Jane is played by Jodie Prenger who plays the role with wide eyed enthusiasm.  Prenger cuts a stocky figure as Calamity Jane but is convincing nevertheless.

Calamity Jane can outshoot any man, desperate to impress she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a new star, Adelaid Adams but things do not go to plan and it takes Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense and to realise her secret love.

Within the first 5 minutes of the curtain going up The Deadwood Stage has already been sung; that is one of the joys of seeing musicals - being able to join in and sing with songs that you know.

 Rob Delaney plays Francis Fryer, a song and dance man who really is one of the main stars of the evening. With his camp lines and humorous  dialogue  he nearly stole the show.  It is a part that someone like Will Young would be perfect for but Delaney is a fine musician and musical director too and he is perfectly cast.

 Tom Lister plays Wild Bill Hickory.  Lister has a fine singing voice whilst Christina Tedders as burlesque dancer, Adelaid Adams cut a fine figure.  While the real Adelaid Adams goes on tour in Europe Phoebe Street playing Kate Brown tries to perform as Ms Adams - with mixed results!

The actors on stage also double up as fine musicians and their roles become interchangeable  - this reminded me very much of the Dreamboats and Petticoats productions where this also happens.

The song Deadwood appears more than twice and it was encouraging to hear the audience  singing along.

On a cold winters night it was like being transported back to the heat of  America.  A rousing and entertaining experience . 

Runs until Saturday 7 February 2015. Tickets from £21.00 available from:


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks for your review, Graham
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