Set to a soundtrack of some of the most iconic, chart-topping acts from the 80s, including ABC, Dolly Parton the show sees their hits all performed live on stage. The vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel- the 1980s answer to Love Island is where the drinks are free and the whole family is invited to join the ultimate holiday musical, celebrating the hits from the 80s.
In a nutshell the show is an excellent comedy! Lots of laughter bringing the audience to the tears, great songs, good acting and brilliant choreography (Afterall the show is choreographed by the legend that is Nick Winston).
The scenario/story was not something innovative or brilliant, but the show did not need to rely on it. The idea was simply to have a couple that broke up before the wedding and the chain reaction creates a series of unforeseen accidents, funny conversations, awkward moments, silly jokes and silly-cheesy situations. It doesn't feel right watching a story of a couple that broke upon a wedding day, to end up in a hotel where they planned to spend their honeymoon with friends, but wow, it was surprisingly great!
The opening song was a strongstart ; there was no introduction to the characters; the audience was just thrown into the middle of their dilemma. We were then introduced to the host of the show and co-owner of Club Tropicana Hotel; Garry played superbly by Joe McElderry. McElderry's interactions with the audience while opening first and second act as well closing them both were spot on.
The whole show is full of good music from the 80's, very nicely mixed together in both aspects – lyrically and rhythmically. The words from one song to another – even if it was just a phrase – matched perfectly and that without changing the rhythm of the current discussion (those where mostly sang as for musical). Was there a room for improvement? Sure, but the way all of it was put together did not need improvement it just worked.
Garry (Played by Joe McElderry)
Many will probably agree that the housekeeper; Consuela played incredibly by Kate Robbins was the highlight of the show; she supported the story and comedic moments very well.
Big kudos for the whole cast on that stage. Every single cast member performed great; the dances were breathtakingly slick and fun to watch. As for the singing, there were just very few moments where some actors sang out of their vocal range by a notch – it was hardly noticeable and not hinder to the performance. Attention to details was in the acting. Throughout the whole show, no one was idle; everyone was doing something, small things like writing or chatting at the end corner of the stage created a very natural, life-like simulations which without a doubt would happen. There was just one issue where the sound did not play well in sync with movement however, the way it turned out did not have a negative impact on the performance.
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All in all, this romantic-comedy-musical is a great escape for anyone who wants to relax and be taken on this holiday adventure for 2+ Hours of fantastic music and comedy.