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Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Jolie and I were invited to see Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome yesterday. She is a complete bookworm and massive fan of Roald Dahl books. So the production had lots to live up to and she certainly wasn’t disappointed.  Matilda I’m sure has been […]

Rock of Ages Musical

Rock of Ages Musical

This week Bristol Hippodrome hosts Rock of Ages the Musical. Rock of ages is a comedy musical, with some hilarious moments. The musical has been running since 2005 and visited 100s of theatres across the world. It is currently touring the UK until the end […]

The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke

The Bodyguard starring Alexandra Burke

Being a child of the eighties, Whitney Houston was a soundtrack to my early years. I have fond memories of singing along to Whitney tracks with my parents and siblings. Even nowadays when I need to get on with the cleaning, I whack her Greatest Hits on and power through my jobs. When I heard that The Bodyguard was coming to Bristol Hippodrome, I knew I had to see it.

The Bodyguard on stage is an adaption of the 90’s film that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston herself. The touring cast is headed up by Alexandra Burke playing Rachel Marron and Benoît Maréchal playing Frank Farmer. The supporting cast were enthusiastic and animated throughout the whole production.

The production started in a thrilling and high energy way. Before my eyes, the stage came alive with the energetic male dancers, plus the explosive pyrotechnics. So my attention was very firmly on the stage, a real treat for any Mum’s on a Wednesday night!

I have watched the film a couple of times and seen The Bodyguard in the West End some years ago. The whole production followed the film very closely. There were some updates to the show. For example, the cast began to talk about a picture that went viral on Instagram and Frank Farmer’s character was checking emails on his phone. Which wouldn’t have happened in the 90’s.

Young Fletcher brought the cute factor to the show, his break dancing and singing had the audience smiling along. Even though I knew the story, some moments still continue to have me on the edge of my seat. Especially the moment when the Nickie Marron (played fantastically by Micha Richardson) was murdered.

The Bodyguard

Once the production had come to an end the audience were invited to get up on their feet to dance and sing along to the pure Whitney classic, Dance with Somebody. The Bodyguard is exciting and entertaining from start to finish.

Disclaimer – We received 2 press tickets in return of an honest review.

Mum and Teen Date Night – Annie The Musical

Mum and Teen Date Night – Annie The Musical

This week, I took time out of the madness of life to head to the theatre. Lex and I had a Mum and Teen Date Night watching Annie The Musical. Annie The Musical is currently on tour around the country. The production opened with a […]

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

This week Bristol Hippodrome hosts Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. I was lucky enough to go along to my first ever ballet on Tuesday. I wasn’t sure what you expect as it was all new to me. My friend that I watched with had last seen […]

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Bristol Hippodrome has recently welcomed the Kinky Boots on the iconic stage. The hit musical will be running until 9th March. Throughout its visit, it will be bringing glamour and comedy to the stage.

Kinky boots has won 3 Olivier Awards. The story is inspired by the real events of Northampton based shoe factory that takes its Kinky boots to the catwalk in Milan. After the sudden death of his father, Charlie Price takes over the failing factory. When he thought there was no hope left, a chance meeting with Lola, lead to a brain wave. Working alongside Lola he created Kinky Boots that would be savour to the family business.

It was great to see the unlikely friendship between Lola and Charlie flourish. There were moments that were emotional and also moments of pure delight. The set was seamless, I loved the scene in the factory where the finished glamourous Kinky Boots were unveiled. The whole cast dancing on the factory conveyor belt was so entertaining.

The show was fantastically delivered by the cast, headed up by Kayi Ushe (Lola) and Joel Harper-Jackson (Charlie). The costumes were spectacular, with a massive amount of sequins and sparkles.
The music from the production was written by Cyndi Lauper. The tunes are catchy and definitely have a hint of 80s pop. The script has lots of positive lines, two of my favourite ‘Just be who you wanna be’ and ‘For every man, women or person that doesn’t know yet!’

Kinky Boots is a feel good production that leaves the audience feeling happy and wanting to see more.

Disclaimer : I received 2 press tickets in return of an honest review, all words are my own.

Tom Gates Live

Tom Gates Live

If you have children aged 7 upwards you will probably have heard of the Tom Gates books. My 3 middle children 7, 9 and 12 have read them all. Liz Pichon’s clever stories and doodles can engage even the most reluctant readers. Once the invited […]

Disney’s The Lion King is Coming to Bristol Hippodrome

Disney’s The Lion King is Coming to Bristol Hippodrome

2019 is a massive year for The Lion King. Not only is it going to hit the cinema screens with a Live action version. But the UK stage production celebrates it’s 20th year. So it is fantastic news that Disney’s The Lion King is coming […]

Motown The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Motown The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Motown has hit Bristol town well city actually. Motown the Musical has recently started a 4-week long run at Bristol Hippodrome. The hit musical has been running since 2013 when it premiered in New York. Then it hit the West End in London in 2016 and is currently on a national tour. The tour continues across the country until October 2019 and visits many great theatres.

Motown the Musical shares the story of the incredible Motown generation that transformed the music industry throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. The story follows Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from jobless ‘bum’ to leading a musical empire.

The $800 loan from his family was enough to help to start his big dream. Gordy was fantastically played by Edward Baruwa, his voice was strong and vibrant. The songs chosen helped to set the scene, the were catchy and I couldn’t help humming along.

Before I watched the show, I was excited to see how many songs I would know. Due to my parents love for Motown music and years growing up with classic artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross. I knew a lot, much like the whole audience, whose ages varied. I had heard my parents talk about Motown changing the world when I was young, but I don’t think I quite grasped the enormity of it. But during the production seeing the scene in the Deep South and hearing that the blacks and whites were segregated and not allowed to dance together almost seems alien to the integration we have today.

There were moments in the production when I had a lump in my throat. Watching the reactions to Martin Luther King’s tragic death was heartbreaking. Also hearing some of the stories behind some very well-known Marvin Gaye’s songs was eye-opening. Shak Gabbidon-Williams who played Marvin Gaye has a truly amazing voice, I was impressed to learn that he only graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2018.

Motown The Musical - Marvin Gaye
Shak Gabbidon-Williams

The whole cast portrayed some music legends very well and the costumes, were just amazing, so many sparkly sequined numbers.

The Musical told the story throughout the Motown years and the ups and downs. Major ups being Motown’s first ever No.1, the growth of The Supremes, finding the child stars Stevie wonder and The Jackson 5. Then seeing their careers soar, until the lows came. Many acts left the Motown label for deals Gordy couldn’t compete with rival record labels.

Will Berry Gordy attend the 25th Anniversary concert, set in 1983, the year I was born. All his big artist returned to play? But will the main man be there? Well you’ll have to watch the production to find out!

My overall verdict is that Motown The Musical is a high energy and gripping production.

Disclaimer – I was given press tickets in return for an honest review of the show.

Benidorm Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Benidorm Live at Bristol Hippodrome

We have been fans of Benidorm the TV series for years. For a good few years, Tegan my 17 year old has joined me once the other children are in bed to laugh along. Now the popular comedy TV show has hit the stage. Earlier this […]