Title of Show ★★★✰✰
Every writer has to start somewhere right? Well that’s exactly what ‘Title of show’ is about. One writer, one composer, one deadline to submit a brand new musical within three weeks ... simple right? Well yes, according to the shows main characters Jeff (Jordan Fox) and Hunter (Michael Vinson).
The show itself is full of laughs and musical cliches which would appeal to a wider audience with references to ‘Into the Woods’ and Rent’ but there was one scene with a reference to a clip from the Simpsons, although I’m not sure if this was intentional.
Vinson played the ‘blank page’, referencing Fox’s character’s pad, this scene seemed long and drawn out and also a little juvenile, it felt like I was watching my 10 year old nephew try be cool but failing miserably. This, however, wasn’t the only drawn out scene, a lot of them could have been cut down by at least 3 or 4 minutes.
With the appearance of Heidi (Kirby Hughes) and Susan (Natalie Williams) the show became more of a sitcom then a musical and I couldn’t help but feel the writer was a bit of a fan of Will and Grace.
The show itself is not a bad show and the dialogue flows with its snappy comments and come backs. The four actors were very funny with great voices and clearly very experienced. The fourth wall was broken bringing the audience in and also the keyboard player which added more light to the show.
The songs I felt were quite memorable which is rare for a little show such as this and I found myself toe tapping to a good majority of them, I would happily recommend this show but I would advise people not to expect much in a way of a storyline. It had more of an improv feel without really knowing where it was going.
“Title of Show’ is currently playing at Above the Stag theatre in Vaxhall until the 10th March 2019.