REVIEW: More Thoroughly Modern Musicals, Scarborough Spa

Ellie Carroll,Naomi Fox,Louise Willoughby,Johnny Carr,Linda Newport and Stuart Metcalfe
Ellie Carroll,Naomi Fox,Louise Willoughby,Johnny Carr,Linda Newport and Stuart Metcalfe

Thoroughly Modern Musicals was so successful that it was decided to reprise the idea – same concept, different programme.

Take the best bits of West End and Broadway shows, dress them to the nines, choreograph them to the last step, belt them out and voila!

It makes for a charming, cheesy, cheery evening in the company of six note-perfect in-step vocalists-dancers.

They are Spa favourite Linda Newport, who also directs, Scarborough performer Stuart Metcalf, Johnny Carr, Louise Willoughby, Naomi Fox and Ellie Carroll.

The choice of musicals range from Sweet Charity to Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly to Sunset Boulevard and The Bodyguard and Thriller to Mamma Mia – so there really is something for all tastes.

For me, Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly medley and the Sweet Charity excerpts were the hits of the night.

Big Spender, If They Could See Me Now and Rhythm of Life are among some of the best musical theatre songs ever written.

The show is an ensemble piece with each member given a solo spot and there are duets. Particularly good was Louise Willoughby’s With One Look from Sunset Boulevard. Linda’s Whitney Houston medley and Stuart and Johnny’s Rat Pack standard Me and My Shadow – which also brought a touch of humour to the proceedings. Not that there wasn’t plenty of other light touches. Miss Saigonis the heaviest part of the programme and was well presented.

Finale was the Abba hits which form Mamma Mia – it brought the audience to their feet as they discoed to Dancing Queen.

It was a great end to an evening which had class, cheese, cheer and charm in bucket and spades full.

More Thoroughly Modern Musicals is on at the Spa, Scarborough, each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from June 5 until September 24. It can also be seen May 26, 27, 28, 31 May at 8pm.

Review by Sue Wilkinson