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Around the World in 20 Shows

Date

27th June 2019

Society

Southampton Operatic Society SOS

Venue

Bitterne Park Sixth Form Theatre

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Marina Voak

Musical Director

Nigel Finch

Choreographer

N/A

Producer

N/A

Report

Author: Marie Coltman

Around the World in 20 Shows is a collection songs from your favourite musicals that represent different parts of the world. A very clever idea that works very well, starting with Bon Voyage from Anything Goes the company burst into action with lots of colour and good singing. Marina has a great cast with this production and a lot of time and thought has been put into swiftly moving from one country to another from 20 different shows, there is something for everyone, and the audience around me clearly enjoyed the choices.

Nigel Finch has a great band of musicians making a good sound. The singing is also very good under his direction, with strong harmonies and good voices. Everyone has a chance to shine with solo’s, duets and ensemble numbers.  Lighting and sound are also good. The costumes are good too and fit nicely with the different sections of the show.

As the show moves on there are great numbers, too many to mention, however, as we move through America from New York with 42nd Street, Calamity Jane, Chicago, I really liked Mister Cellophane sung by Les Pike, Sunset Boulevard sung by Russell Dutton & With One Look sung by Katy Lewis, we then move to South America another great song was Another Suitcase with Abi Jeffrey - beautifully sung.

Act Two, moves us to Africa with the Lion King, South Pacific, Mike Pavitt’s some Enchanted Evening was fabulous, I also really liked the whole of the Miss Saigon selection, practically Last Night of the World well acted & sung by Matthew & Rachel Pike. Moving through the Far East, into Europe, the Les Miserables selection also stood out especially A Heart Full of Love, building into One Day More. Finishing with Me & My Girl, with the cast coming into the audience, getting them to join in with the Lambeth Walk.

Everyone seemed to be having a great time and that really came across. Well done to you all.