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26th January 2013


Harrogate Phoenix Players


Harrogate Theatre

Type of Production



Mark Edwards

Musical Director

Oliver Longstaff


Heather Davis


Author: Terry Harrison

Owing to a malfunction on the poster sites in Harrogate, the Society found itself with two shows being advertised round the town, last year’s production of “Titanic” still not being completely lost from view.  This year’s choice, yet another which is new to local audiences, gave us a far more entertaining evening, albeit again a story involving loss of life.  On this occasion, however, we were in the safe hands of writers Kander and Ebb in a fun musical mystery. Imagine “Midsomer Murders” meets “42nd Street” in which the investigating policeman not only solves the crimes but also corrects the shortcomings of the production with which he becomes involved backstage.      

There is much humour at the expense of “theatrical types” and the Director succeeded in extracting most of this, although the cast were guilty of throwing away some of the lines in their undoubted enthusiasm.  There were some good performances, particularly from those playing the parts of the Director and Producers of the production and that of the Police Lieutenant.

The worst weather of the winter so far will doubtless have affected attendances which is a poor reward for all the hard work which undoubtedly went into the production.