Showstopper! The Improvised Musical ★★★★★
There’s a reason Showstoppers won an Oliver award, there’s a reason why this seemingly (could have the potential of being a) messy show has been running for near enough 12 years without fail, and that’s because it’s just purely brilliant.
It’s fun, new and refreshing, and with a different show every performance means you can go back and enjoy the comedy again and again without boredom setting in. There’s always something new and exciting to watch.
The base of the show is this; Cameron Macintosh wants a new musical, and he want’s it written within the next two hours, as audience members we’re invited to help. We’re to call out places for the setting as well as styles of musicals or composers, then vote which ones we think are the best, we’re also to help with the title of the performance, ours was ‘Austria the Moosical’, (can you guess what that was about??).
We had a range of musical styles within out show, Fiddler on the roof, Mamma Mia, Les Mis, Titanic, Sound of Music and School of rock.
There’s clearly a format for the actors, but that doesn’t make it less enjoyable. The story is then made up on the spot there and then, the band doing very well to keep up with the styles of musicals being called out by the producer who’s sat on stage and helps move the story forward.
There did seem to be a leader within the improv group, the cast kept following his lead when they all on stage together, however, during each scene different people took the lead. The company worked very well together and apart from a couple of actors speaking at the same time, but one suddenly stopping, there’s no bad words to say about this.
Improv is always going to worry some theatre goers, ‘are they going to be boring? are they going to now know what to say next?’ I’ve seen scripted shows where actors have improved and I personally feel this just adds a touch of a personal nature to the show.
The cast on stage clearly love what they do, this comes through the moment they step on stage and that first word is spoken, they enjoy the laughter their improv brings and although a big cast who swap over every now and then, you can see the hard work and dedication they put in to performing a new musical every night.
I wasn’t too sure what I’d make of this show when I first heard about it, but from the moment the show started, I realised that my worries were just that of how I’ve seen previous improv shows performed.
If you’re questioning whether to see this show or not ... STOP! This show defies theatre as we know it and will bring a smile to our face from beginning to end.
Showstoppers the improvised musical is currently playing at The Other Palace until the 16th March 2019.
I’ve already informed friends that they need to see this show, I suggest you run out now and buy the tickets, you won’t regret it.