Having seen previous productions of this show, I was excited to see how the show has evolved and of course meet the most recent Jamie New in the shape of Ivano Turco, who fitted perfectly into those beautiful red shoes. Turco really is an emerging star in the world of musical theatre, with an incredible voice, he personifies the phrase ‘triple threat’ and his portrayal of our protagonist was heart felt, brave and sassy in equal measures.
Stepping back into the role of Jamie’s Mum, Margaret is Rebecca McKinnis. Firstly, the chemistry between mother and son was wonderful and McKinnis is every inch a powerhouse in the vocal department. Her renditions of ‘If I Met Myself Again’ and ‘He’s My Boy’ were nothing short of spectacular and gave me some real goosebump moments. Also stepping back into the role of Ray, Margaret’s best friend and fierce ally of Jamie is Shobna Gulati. What a treat it is to see Gulati portray this role again. Her comic timing is just perfect, and she lifts many moments with witty one-liners and a fantastic array of knee-high boots!
Jamie’s best friend Pritti Pasha is played by Talia Palamathanan. One of my favourite songs from this musical is ‘It Means Beautiful’ and Palamathanan was able to bring a stunning vocal that once again tugged on the heartstrings.