The set was inventive, including a revolving trailer, adapting quickly to the 30 different scene changes! A highlight has to be the comedy chase scene in the ‘Hollywood’ studios which happens towards the end of the performance, but is worth the wait.
Illuminating the auditorium were large stars paired with blue spheres lit above and a mixture of stage lights and neon signs were used. There were multiple stage effects used throughout this production giving unexpected dynamics in the shape of sparks, gunshots and broken plates.
It seemed the cast could have really benefitted with more rehearsal time, creating a seamlessness that was lacking this time with the props and costumes as some onstage mishaps occurred. It seemed as though it really was their first rodeo.
Credit where it’s due, the cast presented beautiful, powerful vocals all round. You could tell even before peeking in the programme that these were seasoned professionals. Rich tones escaped from the entirety of the performers, especially the title role played by Callender. Unfortunately I was missing connections between characters and the audience. The love story between the two leads had no history and popped up out of nowhere and we weren’t given enough backstory to feel deeply for any of the roles.