Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Review: She Loves Me at the Landor Theatre

She Loves Me 
Landor Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 9th February 2015

A classic musical telling a story of unexpected love and mistaken identity, She Loves Me is a delightful little show with fire in its belly. Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff's musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1963, is a lot of fun with heart-warming moments.

I adore the feistiness of the piece; there are plenty of characters with commanding presence who take their turn to steal the spotlight. Former Britain's Got Talent runner-up Charlotte Jaconelli impresses in her theatrical debut as Amalia Balash, performing with innocence and stunning vocal ability. 

Jaconelli plays opposite John Sandberg as Georg Nowack. I have seen Sandberg perform in various projects over the years, but this role allows him to excel as a leading man with character and personality. His vocals soar whilst his charm is naturally likeable; a promising future looks set to lie ahead.

Other stand out performances come from Emily Lynne as Ilona Ritter and Joshua Leclair as loveable Arpad, but for me it was the tremendous Ian Dring who stole the show, first as Mr Maraczek and then as the waiter. Dring pulls out all the stops and owns all his scenes, I found myself in hysterics at his every move. It's nice to see the ensemble having fun as their bubbly energy rubs off onto the audience.

The running time does feel a little long, perhaps as the storyline is very obvious. The design looks a little cheap and cheerful which is a shame as the cast take to the stage with such class. I have previously seen some tremendous things done with the Landor's performance space, but this time it lacks something.

Robert McWhir's production is beautifully camp, not taking itself too seriously. This was my first time seeing She Loves Me, but I am already looking forward to another production popping up somewhere soon. It is a glorious musical performed with wit and a hint of glamour.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

She Loves Me runs at the Landor Theatre until Saturday 7th March 2015.
Please visit www.landortheatre.co.uk for information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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