That's Entertainment

Date 19th May 2012
Society York Musical Theatre Company
Venue Theatre Royal
Type of Production Concert/Revue
Director Paul Laidlaw
Musical Director Paul Laidlaw


Author: Terry Harrison

To choose a programme from the myriad of material available in musical theatre is never an easy task but this was a very successful effort. Carefully woven together in groups by composer, the items reflected differing moods and I particularly enjoyed selections from “Guys and Dolls” and from the works of Sondheim, a special favourite of this Society. Skillful handling of the tongue-twisting lyrics of “The Boy from……”, followed soon afterwards by a male quartet telling us that “Everybody ought to have a maid” provided great amusement.   It was unusual to find an overture halfway through the second Act but when the orchestra is on stage, making a splendid sound and the choice is “Mack and Mabel”, then why not? This provided a useful space between vocal items which were occasionally victims of some harsh amplification, making accuracy of notes and good diction essential and the Company proved equal to the task. Fairly simple yet effective staging and lighting with minimal choreography brought words and music to the fore, allowing us to appreciate the skills of the various composers – not to mention those of the members of this excellent Company.