Reviewed by Jan Dixon
I attended the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth on 11 April 2018 to see the show You Win Again, which celebrated the music of The Bee Gees. The show had appeared in London’s West End and was starting a nationwide tour. It featured the Gibb brothers’ musical hits through the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.
A narrator told the backstory behind The Gibb brothers’ rise to fame, whilst also introducing the catalogue of songs which included firm favourites such as Massachusetts, Words, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, More Than a Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love, Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, Jive Talking, Islands in the Stream, Grease and Tragedy. This narration was a good way of leading the audience through the history of the Bee Gees; briefly explaining stories behind the songs.
The Gibb brothers were played by Martin Spooner as Robin, Rowan Lyle as Barry and Yvan Silva as Maurice. Each had the opportunity to showcase their individual and joint singing abilities. Silva shone with his falsetto singing; bringing to life his part as Maurice. Lyle was also very good with his contrasting deeper vocal range; however, it was evident that the weaker singer was Spooner, who seemed to struggle with any specific range. It must be said that the three harmonising together worked very well – to much audience appreciation. They used very effective costume changes – to highlight the different musical eras. The audience were thrilled to see these different styles – giving wild applause, especially to Staying Alive and Saturday Night Fever.
There was a very competent band who played throughout and four enthusiastic gyrating female dancers. The show also featured Natasha Burnett, who performed as Dionne Warwick, singing the Bee Gees song ‘Heartbreaker’. Natasha also sang as Diana Ross for another Bee Gees classic ‘Chain Reaction’. Both these renditions were excellent and well appreciated by the audience.
Overall this was an effective Bee Gees tribute night; performing to an audience which mainly consisted of very enthusiastic Bee Gees fans, who took great pleasure in singing and dancing along to the heartfelt numbers. This was worthy of a 4-star rating; 5-star if you were a diehard Bee Gees fan!
The Kings Theatre Southsea was designed by the architect Frank Marcham and opened in 1907. It is operated by the Kings Theatre Trust and was designated a Grade II listed building in 1976. The Kings Theatre is less than 5 miles from the M27 and A27, with several routes through Portsmouth available. It is a 20 minute walk from both the local train stations of Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea. There is limited parking nearby or in Waitrose carpark (restrictions apply).
You Win Again is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit entertainers.co.uk/show/you-win-again.
For other shows at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call the box office on 023 9282 8282.
The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 2QJ | 023 9282 8282