Theatre Review: Tell Me On A Sunday - New Wimbledon Theatre (UK Tour) ✭✭✭✭
Tell Me On A Sunday
New Wimbledon Theatre
18th April 2016: The Watermill Theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical Tell Me on a Sunday starring Jodie Prenger turned up at New Wimbledon Theatre this week, and what a delightful show it is.
Tell Me on a Sunday charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl, Emma, in New York in the heady days of the 1980’s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether she's been looking for love in all the wrong places. This iconic musical, has a wonderful original score, features the chart-topping Take That Look Off Your Face and the title track Tell Me on A Sunday, with music penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Lyrics by Don Black.
Jodie Prenger is probably best known for winning the role of ‘Nancy’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of “Oliver!” through the BBC television series “I’d Do Anything”. During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role. Most recently Jodie wowed audiences playing the title role in the national tour of the musical “Calamity Jane”. She has also starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of “One Man, Two Guvnors” both in the West End and on tour and as ‘Lady of the Lake’ in “Spamalot”. Jodie is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.
Originally conceived for television, Tell Me on a Sunday has been performed by many legendary musical theatre stars including Marti Webb and Sarah Brightman. This new production also included a quick Q&A session after the interval with Jodie, along with a couple of numbers from other shows, and lovely duet with understudy Jodie Beth Meyer.
The overall production is wonderful to watch, the band sound tremendous under the watchful eye of Francis Goodhand (great surname for a pianist), with sound balanced just right for Jodie's vocals.
Just like Jodie herself, the show is short and sweet, only an hour long for the first half, then around half an hour for the added chat and songs.
Tell Me On A Sunday? You could tell me any day - faultless!
4 stars ✭✭✭✭
For more information and tour dates please visit www.tellmeontour.co.uk