31 May 2014
Reviewed by Catherine Fletcher
Yesterday we went to St George’s Hall in Bradford to see Back to Broadway, After arriving and getting our tickets we were shown to our seats, which were in the stalls very near to the front, but to be honest we could have picked our seats ourselves as the theatre was not very busy. This made me wonder what this show was going to be like as I have never seen this theatre so empty before and I have been there on several occasions.
The curtains opened to a backdrop of a New York Broadway Skyline. The props were a road sign with Back to Broadway on it and some small flashing pylons which added to the effect of the show. Four young men then came on singing and dancing to a Broadway hit, I was not sure which musical it came from as I had not heard the song before, this was followed by some young ladies dancing to Copa Cabana. It was very entertaining and the costumes were very colourful, they continued with lots more songs from shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Westside Story, which they sang well, the only problem was it seemed to be very loud, which made it sound like they were shouting instead of singing. The costume changes and the dancing were brilliant in all the shows that they featured.
It was then time for the interval. On returning to our seats for the second part, the show opened with songs from the musical Starlight Express, which to me was the highlight of the show, although all the songs from the other musicals were sung very well. The sound seemed to have been toned down, which made the show more enjoyable and not deafening, the dancing and energy of all the cast members was unbelievable.
They continued with more songs from hit musicals such as Mama Mia, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Footloose, and a few more. The cast seemed to be enjoying it as much as the audience, who were clapping and singing along. There was a voice came over the theatre telling you a little bit about the musical they were about to sing one of the songs from which was quite interesting.
Overall the show was enjoyable and entertaining once the sound system seemed to have been adjusted. I would recommend going to see the show as it was definitely better in the second half, but don’t forget to take your ear plugs just in case.
Back to Broadway is currently touring the UK until October, for more details visit www.backtobroadway.co.uk.
St George’s Hall. Bridge St, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1JT | Box Office 01274 432000