|Date||18th January 2020|
|Society||Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association|
|Type of Production||Revue|
|Musical Director||David Gibson|
Author: Dorothy Johnstone
This was a well constructed programme mixing a selection of numbers from well known and not so well known musicals with rock and popular favourites.
An impressive male chorus got the evening off to a strong start with ‘Skye Takes The Soul’ followed by the full chorus with a rousing ‘500 miles.’ The company sang very well throughout and were particularly strong and defiant in ‘Once We Were Kings’ (Billy Elloit), ‘Stand Up’ (Made in Dagenham) and ‘At the End of the Day’ (Les. Miserables) with it’s line up of powerful soloists. The company is fortunate in having some very good male and female soloists and small ensembles who performed confidently and with style. Musical numbers had been well chosen to suit the different style of voices.
There was lots of variety in pace and emotion throughout the production. Big numbers like the gutsy Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits/Proud Mary’, the glitzy ‘Copacabana’ and ‘Heads Will Roll/Thriller’ contrasted well with ‘You Walk With Me’ sung with true feeling and serenity by Bob and the male chorus and the haunting ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ delivered so innocently by Chiara accompanying herself on the guitar.
The youngsters in the company were very well drilled and enthusiastic.
They coped admirably with the imaginative choreography particularly in T.E.A.M. (You’re a Godd Man Charlie Brown) ‘Waka Waka’ and ‘Dancing Dan (Me and My Shadow).
The company had obviously been worked hard by the choreographer/director resulting in a lively, dynamic show which flowed well and was interesting to watch as well as listen to.‘Two Ladies’ a fun number from Cabaret went down well with the audience as did ‘Big Spender ‘(Sweet Charity.) Spread the Love’ (Sister Act) was a dynamic ending to the evening. M.A.M.A,’s spring production is ‘Chess’ and Alison and the chorus were an excellent advert for the show with a powerful and engaging ‘Nobody’s Side.’
M.A.M.A is undoubtedly a big family with the youngsters and the adult company complementing each other and making an excellent harmonious sound.
This was a most enjoyable and entertaining revue which I very much enjoyed. I look forward to seeing ‘Chess’ in the spring.