FRINGE REVIEW – West End Glee Club, Zoo

*****

6 – 30 Aug 1900 (2020) @ Zoo Roxy

By Helen McNaughton (aged 12) and Susan McNaughton

The word Glee in the title caught our eye, as we confess to being Gleeks. The popularity of the hit TV show has inspired this show by CliMar Productions.

The stage is set in a Theatre School where four contestants battle it out in a sing off to win the audience’s votes at the end of the show.  One lucky contestant will be the soloist chosen at the end of the night.

This is a simple story, with minimal set and shining performances from all the participants.

Songs chosen from West End musicals and the pop songbook showcase the talents of each one in turn. Good characterisation and excellent singing performances produce a safe show – one you could take a musical theatre fan along to if you have an hour to spend.  Unlike the TV show, there are no gritty story lines – one of the performers confesses to being gay, but that’s as edgy as it gets.  So the story line simply acts as a  vehicle for some strong vocal performances. Suitable for all ages from around 10 up as the songbook is focused on West End shows rather than pop music.

Helen says “I didn’t expect it to be this good, I really enjoyed it and their voices were phenomenal”

Susan says “a safe bet for musical theatre fans”