Last Night saw a star studded red carpet at The Lowry with stars from Hollyoaks, Coronation street and Emmerdale there for the opening night of pop princess Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany`s.
Pixie Lott, best known for her raft of pop hits including ‘Mama Do’ and ‘All About Tonight’, has stepped into the shoes of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic novella and she gave a stellar performance backed up by an amazing cast and some very clever sets.
Capote’s novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out,Three Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors, RSC’s Don Quixote).
Pixie`s performance and voice (this is her debut play) were confident and fluid if a little low at times but nothing that can not be attributed to opening night nerves. Her accent was just right and she did keep it through the entire performance and also during the three songs we were treated with. Her rendition of Moon River will be with with me for the rest of my life.
The character quirks and essence was suitably conveyed to the audience and her performance was energetic and as i said earlier almost fluid. This reviewer thinks that Pixie has a bright future ahead of her in musical theatre and will be watching with interest. All in all it was a great performance by her and the audience responded really well to her character portrayal. She is definitely one to watch in the coming years as she adapts to musical theatre.
Matt Barber`s take on Fred was sublime and was one of the highlights of the show for me. His neurotic almost obsessive in nature relationship with Holly was portrayed very skillfully and with confidence and his situation and narrative made the audience emotionally invest in the characters. With some great set pieces Matt showed his professionalism and stage presence skills and his confident portrayal of this multi faceted character carried on throughout the show.
Naomi Cranston`s portrayal of Mag was spot on and her accent was perfect throughout as was Robert Calvert`s Doc. Both of them gave a great performance and both showed how much they dedicate to their work by their performance.
Charlie De Melo also played Jose very well and the character mannerisms were portrayed accurately and professionally and his timing was pretty much spot on as was his interaction with the other characters that was fluid yet not contrived.
Victor McGuire`s take on Joe Bell was wonderful and timed perfectly and was acted with confidence and really made you take notice of his character. A regular on stage Victor`s experience shone through last night and the interaction between him and Fred tied the production together perfectly.
Special mentions should go out at this point to Andrew Joshi (Yunioshi) , Sevan Stephan (OJ Bergman & Dr Goldman) and Melanie La Barrie (Mme Spanella & Stern Lady Boss) who were all very invested in the production and who all gave great performances.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve and has done a stellar job with this play and should be really pleased with what him and the cast have accomplished.
Special mentions should also be made to the production design by Matthew Wright, lighting designer Ben Cracknell and sound designers Mic.
All in all in this reviewers opinion this show is a must see and if you get a chance and are lucky enough grab a ticket and be prepared for a very slick and professional show with a great cast and story adaptation.
★★★★★- Amazing – A must see!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Tue 12 – Sat 16 April 2016
Times, 7:30pm, Wed & Sat 2pm
£29.00 – £39.50 (includes £2 booking fee)
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