Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Glasgow Review

Don't be alarmed by the title the cast come off well.

REVIEW: Say cheese for a snapshot of Barry Manilow magic

by Sarah Swain

YOU would expect a musical based on the hits of Barry Manilow and starring 1990s popstar The One and Only' Chesney Hawkes in the lead role to be cheesy.

But Can't Smile Without You is mozzarella with extra parmesan.

It follows a band who go to New York to make it big. But the record producer only wants singer Tony.

He gives up his chance of fame to go back to gigs in Grimsby with the boys - but not before meeting a girl called Mandy of course.

Then an attack leaves Tony unable to remember anything about himself - all he can recall is music.

Manilow hits like Could it be Magic are woven into the plot as he tries to find himself - and his girl - again.

Hawkes has the voice and charisma to win over the Manilow fans. Plus, with Siobhan Dillon, and Francesca Jackson, a runner-up in BBC's Nancy contest, the show proves that though it is heavy on cheese, it's big on charm.

King's Theatre until Saturday. Call 0870 060 6648 or visit www.kings-glasgow.co.uk

Publication date 14/10/08

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