The plot is, at times, somewhat uneven in pace and could be guilty of repetition, but isn’t this something that we’ve come to expect from the Jukebox musicals? Musically, the songs add very little to the overall narrative of the show, although this was rectified slightly in the second half as the girls began to fawn tunefully, and in perfect harmony, over their prospective love interests. Comedic timing was strong throughout which did what it could to compensate for character arcs that lacked development- mainly due to the sheer volume of characters portrayed throughout the evening. A more musically driven narrative structure may have helped with this.
This is all forgiven, though, thanks to the incredibly talented, all female, cast that have breathed life into what could have become a generic ‘rags to riches, climbing the fickle ladder of fame’ pop-group’s biographical musical. As actor-musicians, the entire company tackled multiple roles and utilised every ounce of their talent to transport us back to that era to tell us their story, from their perspective; on their terms.