13 February 2015
Reviewed by Jo Knox
Last night I went to see the Supreme Fabulettes, an all-male girl group, in their Vivas Las Divas tour at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester. I haven’t been to this theatre before but found it easy to locate with ample parking facilities. There are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity so great to go for a bite to eat before the show. Be sure to ask for your parking ticket to be validated if you are eating as this will save you some £’s! The theatre itself was quite small and intimate which was a refreshing change.
Me and mum were seated perfectly in the middle of the stalls so had an excellent view. The age group was vast from 20’s – 60’s and a mixture of singles/couples/groups. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this show if I’m honest. However, once the show started I knew I was going to be in for an entertaining night.
The curtains went up and the stunning, glamorous and extravagant costumes caught your eyes and then they sang. They all had very different tones which when they sang together were perfectly harmonised. Equally, throughout the show there was various solo’s which were just as good. The divas were all sharp tongued and you couldn’t be a ‘prude’ if you wanted to enjoy this show. We were introduced to each of the divas :- Miss Vicki Vivacious, the stunning brunette, Miss Portia De Fosse, the head lady of the group, Miss Silver Summers, the ‘wild child’ and Miss Vanilla Lush, the ‘beehive’ blond.
We were taken on a musical journey of the rise and fall of the Supreme Fabulettes with music from the 60’s to current. The music was all relevant to the story being told and tailored from the originals with mash ups and lyrical changes to suit. All narrated by their witty and sharp tongued manager, Miss Sheila Simmonds #hillarious and my favourite character in the show. ‘Have a Werthers’ was the favourite line! Miss Sheila’s daughter Samantha also kept the audience entertained in between the shimmering silhouettes of the Divas. The Fabulettes had the audience participating and up on their feet dancing and although it was far from a sell-out, it didn’t feel like it was an empty theatre because everyone got involved.
The only part of the show I didn’t like was the holiday rep style getting people on stage in the middle of the show and the audience choosing one to be taken away and dressed up like a Fabulette. Whilst the chap was a good sport I thought this took the edge off the show. Also, the lights on the stage were at some points quite bright and shone direct into your eyes. This is probably just due to the theatre layout but it did make me squint in places.
Overall, it was a great show, funny and entertaining. If you have a wide sense of humour and like a sing along I would recommend going to see this show.
The Supreme Fabulettes are currently on tour with Viva Las Divas. For more information, tour dates or to book tickets visit www.supremefabulettes.com.
For shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000