Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Review: Jerry's Girls at the Jermyn Street Theatre

Jerry's Girls 
Jermyn Street Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 15th May 2015

Providing a glorious evening of theatrical bliss, Jerry's Girls has transferred to the Jermyn Street Theatre following its triumphant run at the St James Studio. Celebrating the tremendous work of theatrical composer Jerry Herman, Jerry's Girls is being staged thirty years after it opened on Broadway.

Herman is the man behind some of the most extraordinary musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack & Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as Dear World and The Grand Tour. Kate Golledge's production is slick and insightful whilst allowing the cast to be spontaneous and bounce off the audience. 

The cast of three each bring something different to the piece. Sarah-Louise Young brings a touch of cabaret charm whilst Ria Jones brings old school theatrical glamour. Triple threat Emma Barton has joined the cast (replacing Anna-Jane Casey), freshening things up a little bit.

In my last review of Jerry's Girls I raved about Jones' world class rendition of 'I Am What I Am'. Once again she performed for her life, almost blowing the roof off the Jermyn Street Theatre (these three minutes are worth the ticket price alone). An absolute masterclass. 

The show has fun choreography from Matthew Cole, with another of the evening's highlights being 'Tap Your Troubles Away' from Mack & Mabel. It was wonderful to once again see the audience response to this cleverly staged number. 

Jerry's Girls is one of the finest theatrical offerings of the year so far, I could happily watch it again and again and again.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Jerry's Girls runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until Sunday 31st May 2015.
Please visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Poppy Carter

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