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Puttin' On The Ritz - Windsor Theatre Royal and touring

Published by: Kate Braxton on 11th Jul 2015 | View all blogs by Kate Braxton



Who’s pining for ‘Strictly’ Saturdays? If so, foxtrot down to Windsor Theatre Royal tonight for a severrrrn of an evening. It’s not a 10, but it’s glitterball-loads of music, dance and thoroughly camptastic.

Puttin’ on The Ritz is swirling its way round the UK currently and Pixie Lott tangos into certain venues. She doesn’t grace the stage in Windsor, sadly, but we have three impressive performances from the Strictly couple Jared Murillo and Katya Virshilas, plus Britain’s Got Talent’s Becky O’Brien.

Puttin’ On The Ritz features music from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. All classics, toe-tappers and from that point of view s’wonderful.

You can immediately recognise that this show started in the USA. David King, producer and director has had immense success across the globe and owns theatres in America. I felt this was designed for Vegas rather than UK suburbia. There were more sequins and glitter than Katie Price could cope with, and alas, no story. Any dance lover will drop their Beechdean ice cream, absorbed by the choreography. I may be steppin’ out of turn here, but I felt a little dizzy-sick, and it wasn’t the ice cream.

After 15 years as a conference producer I wasn’t keen on seeing projection screens flown in to advise us what the tune was in Death-by-PowerPoint on a bad night and day. Sometimes anything doesn’t go.

So…Costumes: fabulous. Choreography: strong. Experience: overwhelming. Glitter and feathers: everywhere. Music set: caters for all.

Mr Gershwin, I hope I ain’t misbehavin’ when I say the show offers incredibly colourful and suberbly executed dance to some of the best tunes ever composed, but on this occasion, not for me. Perhaps not my idea of The Ritz, but for glitz, you can’t fault it. My reviewing career on the other hand, may have just gone down the Swanee.

For anyone who has got rhythm, wants a sit-back-and-take-in music and dance spectacle, where sunglasses simply ain't necessary, anything goes at Windsor for its last night tonight and all tour dates can be viewed here.

Reviewed by Kate Braxton










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