“The young ensemble delivers a performance that is nothing short of remarkable"
Searchlight Pictures presents a cinematic gem that will hit a chord with theatre kids young and old. This comedic masterpiece hits a note that is almost too authentic, eliciting laughter even from the dance dads in the audience. I had the privilege of attending the UK Special Screening, where the theatre was brimming with laughter from both the obvious and subtle references. Among the unmistakable nods were the 'Fame'-inspired placards and a dash of 'The Teacher’s Argument.'
The narrative unfolds within a struggling theatre camp grappling with financial woes. As is customary, a team of beloved tutors engage the eager students. Ben Platt, handling the theatre aspect, and Molly Gordon, imaginatively handling music, have a great relationship and sincere characters. Platt's portrayal of a gay character is commendably genuine and heartfelt right from the onset. Directors Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman's vision brilliantly comes to life on screen. While the cast effortlessly contributes their share of camp moments, this movie strikes a refreshing balance.