Sweet Charity

Date 20th October 2012
Society City of Plymouth Theatre Company
Venue Devonport Playhouse
Type of Production Musical
Director Angela Collins
Musical Director Brian Gerry
Choreographer Angela Collins

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Author: Michael Simpson

This show relies heavily on the female lead and Katie O'Brien filled this part with aplomb. Her singing, acting and dancing were excellent. The role was meant for her  - she portrayed Charity's vulnerability and optmism with great feeling.

Andy Wescott as Oscar Lindquist was very good and a great foil for Charity - who thought that they were two like-minded souls, but again it was not to be.

Vittorio Vidal was well acted by Andy Robinson, but for me Shah Rahman's Herman was not quite sleazy enough, although he did sing 'I Love to Cry at Weddings' with gusto.

There was obvious good rapport between Charity and her girlfriends at the dancehall, which came across very well. Their rendition of 'Something Better than this' showed that they too had aspirations.

The big number in the show, besides 'If they could see me now' is undoubtedly 'Rhythm of Life', which was sung and danced to perfection by Tim Lloyd as Daddy and the chorus, who were excellent.

In the Fandango scenes, the girls were set rather far back which caused me to believe it didn't have the impact I was expecting. This was a pity because the choreography was of the highest standard in this and throughout the show.

A fine nine piece Orchestra, under Brian Gerry's baton was suitably upbeat as befits the show as a whole, but they did at times overpower the spoken word.

Lighting and sets were superb and the lift scene was very clever - as I have coime to expect from Andy Martin.

This was an excellent evening's entertainment!