That’s Entertainment celebrates musical favourites from the 40s and 50s. It brings us songs from our favourite stars of the golden-age era and with the fast-pace dancing and high-pitched vocals it makes for an exciting night to enjoy.
The stage production had billboard advertisements behind them. The costumes from the performances also took us back to that era of the 50s with feather skirts, frilled swim suits and sparkling tuxedo’s. The stage production changed a lot throughout with dazzling lights behind solo performances and later in Act two a pink staircase was on the stage with bright lights. At the beginning one of the main cast members introduced a guest star for the night, Elaine C. Smith.
Elaine is one of the entertainment industries most popular performers and she came out to do comedy to break down the performances throughout the musical. There was even short performances during her act when she spoke about her favourite musicals like Calamity Jane, the audience joined in with her and she received such a brilliant reception. Elaine also sang ‘My Man’ from Barbra Streisand’s hit film ‘Funny Girl’.
The night featured songs from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and many more well-known favourites that definitely pleased the audience as they made sure to clap along through the tap dancing as it got faster. A few stand out performances of the night were ‘Good Morning’ and ‘A Couple of Swells’ performed by Simon Schofield and Emma Kate Nelson who work together so well taking the audience back in time as they brought the songs to life.
Another set of fantastic performances by the cast including, Sean Smith and Loula Greater was through ‘Cockney Knees Up’ where they performed songs such as; ‘For Me and My Gal’, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ which was very fast-paced and had the audience clapping along as they kept involving them.
The night also featured a celebration of the Rat Pack which featured the following songs; ‘Ain’t That a Kick in the head’, ‘Luck be a Lady’, ‘The Candy man’ and ‘That’s Life’. The vocal range for each song was amazing to listen too as they each put their own take on it but also sticking to the real original version the audience knows. The finale was a reprise of ‘That’s Entertainment’ and was a fantastic end to this dance extravaganza and deserved the standing ovation they received.
That’s Entertainment is definitely not a musical to miss out on if you are wanting to take a trip back in time and re-visit the music and dancing from this golden-age era. The cast and Elaine were brilliant to watch as they put in so much effort to make sure the night was the best it could be.