25th April 2012
Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle?
Type of Production
Author: Fred Piggford
Choreographer: Ruth Barber
This was Katie Howes’s debut with West End as director, and what a good job she made of it in this excellent production. She was aided by the ever popular Graham West who controlled everything musical in his own inimitable fashion, and Ruth Barber as choreographer who produced some very good routines.
Katy Bowler was a typically bubbly Calamity Jane both in her singing and acting, and she was ably accompanied by Mark Morris who acted and sang well as Wild Bill Hickock. More romance came from Kevin Rhodes, as Lieut Danny Gilmartin, and Louise Stobbs-Khaw, as Katie Brown, who worked well together. Aaron Kidd, as Frances Fryer, gave a polished performance alongside Angela Lawery as Susan, and they complemented each other well. David Rawlings was a typically fussy Henry Miller, always worrying about how his acts would work in the saloon. Leanne Harrison gave a good cameo performance as Adelaide Adam,s the big star. The other principals and enthusiastic chorus, together with an excellent set from Scenic Projects, period costumes from Alan Graham, and excellent sound from Tony Atkinson, all combined to make this another success for West End. Well done to all concerned.