CITY OF ANGELS REVIEW – GARRICK THEATRE, LONDON
14/03/20 – 2.30PM
So theatre week has been slightly extended and with three shows under my belt (& Juliet, Waitress and Message in a Bottle), there’s just two more to go. I suppose we’re at that stage in blogging where we’re constantly having to come up with different content because of the whole staying indoors things. I’m missing theatre so much that I just need to fill that void somehow! Sharing my better-late-than-never reviews is certainly one way to bridge that gap.
Review 4 is a look at City of Angels. This show has only been revived once over here since its birth in 1989, which was in 2014. I was surprised to find that many of those who were in the revival would be reprising their roles for this run too. You know it’s a good show if the actors love returning to it! Without further adieu, here’s my City of Angels review!
It was a weird one for me because with musicals, I usually like to do some research beforehand, even just listening to the soundtrack. For City of Angels, I did nothing. I booked my ticket a couple of weeks before visiting because I found a cheap Saturday matinee ticket.
I did look at the cast though and thought it was a very strong female-sided cast. All of them have heaps of musical theatre experience in various roles too. I was also intrigued to see Theo James. Having never seen him in anything, I didn’t even know if he was a good actor or not! All I knew was that he was pretty handsome!
This is basically a who’s-who of musical theatre and acting, with 6 members from the 2014/15 revival reprising their roles alongside a couple of new additions.
For me, the female cast members blow the roof off; Rosalie Craig (Gabby/Bobbie), Rebecca Trehearn (Donna/Oolie) and Vanessa Williams (Carla/Alaura) all bring sophistication, wit and sensuality to the stage. Each has powerhouse vocals and have this real knack of portraying their character’s feelings through their vocals.
Having seen Nicola Roberts back in her Popstars: The Rivals days, I knew she could shine when given the opportunity! The Masked Singer came calling and the public saw once again that she had the voice. Her character, Avril/Mallory, only really has one big number but she definitely kills it! I’m not sure her voice is suited to most classic musicals but she could certainly be in more modern productions.
The star of the show for me was Hadley Fraser as Stine. I didn’t realise he was married to Rosalie Craig either so it was interesting to see them as a couple on stage! He is one of those leading man that draws you in and commands any scene he’s in. His vocal range is impressive and he played geeky reallllly well.
Playing the movie version of himself, Stone, is Theo James. Whilst he didn’t have the strongest singing voice in the world, he held his own in an insanely gifted cast. I would’ve said he was great in any other cast but this is a West End powerhouse supercast! He’s more mature than I thought he would be too, although I then discovered he’s 35 IRL!
This production is incredibly slick; it’s sophisticated and classy with a sprinkle of glamour and pizzazz. It’s not a huge set or cast but I wouldn’t expect it to be for a short engagement. Having not known anything about it before, I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much! It was a more mature production compared to other shows I’ve seen with a full adult company. I’d love to see a touring production of City of Angels!
Did you enjoy my City of Angels review?
Did you manage to see the show before the lockdown? What did you think?