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That's Entertainment @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 27th Jul 2016 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye

That's Entertainment Tickets at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Summer is finally here and with the long school holidays, I’m sure there’ll be lots of parents and grandparents looking for entertainment ideas.  One of the great things about a show like That’s Entertainment is that it can be enjoyed by all the family.  Younger children may not appreciate it so much, but with a dazzling arrays of beautiful costumes, excellent tap dance routines and timeless songs, there should be something for everyone.

That’s Entertainment includes songs from Carousel (If I loved You, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Carousel Waltz) and South Pacific (I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Some Enchanted Evening and There is Nothing Like a Dame) by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The show features the 1927 song Putting on The Ritz by Irving Berlin and They Can’t Take That Away from Me by Cole Porter, right up to the 1971 hit The Candyman.  There’s also a Cockney Knees Up section, featuring songs from the 1912-1947, including My Old Man and We’ll Meet Again. Although the poster says ‘The Greatest Hits of the 40s and 50s’, as you can see there’s an eclectic mix of songs covering 6 decades.  The show boasts over a million sequins and 20 stunning costume changes, some of which are completed in under 30 seconds!  There are some brilliant dance routines and clever use of backing tracks that sound as if there are dozens of people tapping, which is incredibly effective.  The show is directed and choreographed by Emma Rogers, with musical direction by Kurt Kansley and is produced by David King of Spirit Productions Worldwide, who produced Putting on The Ritz.

Making three guest appearances throughout the show is four times Olivier-nominated musical theatre artist, Ruthie Henshall. Ruthie has played the lead role in many of the most highly-acclaimed, long-running successful award-winning musicals in the West End and on Broadway of the last 30 years, including Billy Elliot, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cats and Crazy For You which catapulted Ruthie into a major musical West End star. Ruthie is also in high demand as a concert performer touring and performing extensively in the UK, the USA and Australia. Ruthie engages the audience with theatrical tales and shares some personal memories in between singing some of her favourite songs, including All That Jazz from Chicago.
 
With glorious costumes, sumptuous music, stunning dance routines and an award-winning cast of singers and dancers, this is guaranteed to wow the audience and keep their toes-tapping! That’s  Entertainment is feel-good entertainment at its best for all the family.

Prior to the show was the launch for the autumn season, when we can look forward to Little Shop of Horrors, AIDA, Dirty Dancing, Sunny Afternoon, Save The Last Dance for Me, The Woman in Black and this years panto, Aladdin, featuring Michelle Collins.

The launch was hosted by BBC Three Counties Radio’s Theatre Luvvie, Ian Brown, who introduced us to Richard Darbourne, the Producer of The Kinks Sunny Afternoon.  Richard gave us an insight into the casting and rehearsal process for the show, where Ray Davies has been very hands-on from auditions and rehearsals through to opening nights.  The show has been running in the West End since October 2014 and won Best New Musical Olivier Award 2015, as well as Best Actor (John Dagliesh), Best Supporting Actor (George Maguire) and Outstanding Achievement in Music (Ray Davies).

Also on the platform was National Theatre Producer, Kash Bennett who talked about the exciting production of Jane Eyre.  Charlotte Bronte’s novel has been described as one of the greatest romantic novels of English fiction.  The NT’s production has been called ‘Enchanting’, ‘Magnificent’ and ‘theatre at its most imaginative’ and The Waterside Theatre is pleased that the play will be coming to the theatre next year.  Two other hugely successful NT productions, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time will be making a return visit and War Horse will also be coming to The Waterside.

Details of all the shows can be found at www.atgtickets.com/Aylesbury 

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye
26.7.16

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