Saturday, 30 August 2008
Can't Smile Without You - Bromley 29th August 08
Well the night finally arrived, I was really excited to be going to see the show as it was so long since I had last been to see a musical and knowing Fran was going to be in it which made it all the more exciting.
Arrived in Bromley and went for a wonder round the area, I'm sure that as we walked past where the stage door was through the park I heard Fran talking to someone but didn't want to look back and check, and we were desperately trying to find a way back out of the park without having to walk all the way round and up the hill as we were right by the theater and just unable to get to it.
The reception area of the theater started to fill up and several people were looking at the posters and like ooohhh look its that girl from that I'd Do Anything Show. Before we knew it we were going in and taking our seats, the theatre looked almost full from where we were sitting.
Then the show started Chesney and the Band came in and started the music, Fran's first real shining moment comes with a superb rendition of 'Look's Like We Made It' with Edward Handoll, the momentum then just continues to grow throughout and talk about chills when Fran and Siobhan sung a Duet 'Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again' such power and emotion from both of them.
The show has a nice storyline, even if a little predictable in places, however that takes nothing away from the show and the music. The stage is simply set with a backdrop that changes colour, two small spiral stair cases, the band based on the balcony, simple but it all worked.
I won't outline more of the story as I don't want to spoil it for those of you who are going to see the show, but will say it is definitely say if you get the opportunity you have to go see it.
Chesney made one woman on the front rows night when he came to shake her hand, she was able to give him a kiss on the cheek.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the show, and many were up on there feet during the final scenes clapping along to the music, some even dancing in the aisle. I think it's safe to say the show covers everything you could want, it has the party atmosphere, the despair, and Howard Samules plays the comedic role incredibly well. Just before the end Who Needs To Dream is another real pull at the heart strings.
If you are going to see the show I'm sure you'll enjoy it and see the real star that we all new Fran had in her.
I have to say I am really looking forward to going back next week and whatever I have missed here I'll tell you about after that one - All we need now is a CD Soundtrack, or at least some rehearsal audio's.