It was Anything goes meets Jurassic Park, Miss America meets Bring It on, It was Newsies meets pantomime and all in ‘a night at the museum’, basically this show has everything in it… And I mean everything.Managing to score cheap $40 tickets due to a fancy app my friend had, you enter the auditorium to an empty stage, except for a giant American Flag. With the show starting at the unusual time for me/London of 8pm – it opened with the orchestra playing the national anthem which led to the entire auditorium standing up. A little taken by shock ( purely as we don’t do this on the west end ) I stood and began to lip Sync for my life in hopes to keep up my ‘authentic’ New Yorker character 😉
Some standout scenes for me where: The Taxi scene with the song ‘Come Up to My Place’ staring Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip and Alysha Umprhress as Hildy. Hilarity in this slap stick physical comedy scene. Great use of props and how they would use projections and video on the scrim/back drop to help develop the scene. Giving you almost a 4D simulator style effect, the audience were laughing out loud the entire scene.
This scene was then topped by Clyde Alves as Ozzie and Elizabeth Stanley as Claire De Loone with the song ‘Carried Away’. In a “ Anything you can Do I can Do better’’ style number set in the Natural History museum. All it was missing was Ben Stiller as the artefacts and exhibitions of the museum came to life, cavemen and dancing dinosaurs galore.
Gabe played by Tony Yazbeck was sublime. He had a beautiful dance quality about him and just as strong vocals to back it up.Other mentions go out to Jackie Hoffman. Managing to be the comedy highlight in an already comedy show. An alcohol infused performance playing on all the obnoxious traits you could possibly have as a singer/ singing teacher.
Not afraid to make fun of themselves, and along with some truly amazing choreography this show does appeal to the masses. I am not sure what it’s shelf life will be, as sadly theatre seems to be so dispensable now and through the ever growing evolution of media etc people need more spectacle to be attracted to and to keep their attention. Lets hope this little flash back to the old school theatre manages to twinkle in their eyes.