From the foot-stomping hand-clapping opening of You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray – Musical Mashup is a hit.
The Rowlies summer show choice is a selection of the best show-stoppers from Hairspray, Shrek, Porgy and Bess, War of the Worlds, Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked and Sister Act,
The choice is modern and vibrant and suited to the young cast of dancers and soloists.
Not that it is all non-stop one hundred miles an hour routines – there are subtle changes of pace and style within each musical excerpt.
So, from You Can’t Stop the Beat and Nicest Kids in Town, the company brings it down a notch with I Can Hear the Bells.
The Shrek medley starts with Hallelujah, goes to Big Bright Beautiful Day, through the comic Farquard and Soldiers to the sing-sway-along I’m A Believer.
The first half comes to a moody close with Summertime from Porgy and Bess sung beautifully by 13-year-old Sadie Robinson.
There were solo efforts from Beth Lawty who sang Hallelujah and one of the company’s dads Gary Wardle who played Shrek.
Roller-skating sensation Starlight Express gets the second half of to a rousing start before it moves to the more spiritual Jesus Christ Superstar.
The last two musical medleys – Wicked and Sister Act – bring the house down.
Popular, For Good and Defying Gravity are by far and away the best songs from that show and were fabulously represented here. Another solo from Beth Lawty started Sister Act before the company got the whole audience dancing and cheering its way through Joyful, Joyful and Spread the Love Around.
Musical Mashup runs each Saturday until August 31.