Review – Tell me on a Sunday

Tell me on a Sunday is a simple show. One woman and a band, singing her way through the turmoils of her relationships as she tries to make it in New York. 

Written following Lloyd Webber’s success in Evita, the show has taken many forms – from a concept album, to the first half of the musical Song and Dance and now, in its most straightforward structure – as a one act play. 

With the titular song being the most famous, closely followed perhaps by ‘Take that look off your face’, the whole musical follows a melodious rhythm, sung beautifully and passionately by Prenger who manages to convincingly act through interactions with Emma’s friends, partners and family, despite them never featuring on stage. 

Unlike some of the bigger, flashier musicals of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday lets the focus lie on the role of Emma and the beautiful accompaniment of the band. With a set that doesn’t change, the story is told solely through song, music and swift costume changes by Prenger. You’re taken through an emotional journey of hope, heartbreak and the flawed, often frantic musings of a woman trying to find reason in love. 

A secondary highlight to the first act, after the interval, Jodie Prenger was joined by the musical director, Francis Goodhand and understudy, Jodie Beth Meyer, to sing through some other theatre classics and answer questions from the audience. 

Perhaps most well known for winning the 2008 show ‘I’d do anything’, Prenger opened the second half with a rousing chorus of Oom Pah Pah from Oliver! Followed by a beautiful duet of songs from Evita and Whistle down the wind with Jodie Beth Mayer. 

With no spoken dialogue in the musical itself, Prenger more than made up for it in the Q&A with giggles and anecdotes that made the whole audience feel completely at ease. 

Playing until the 23rd October at the Lowry Theatre, the musical is playing the following dates:

Tue 2 – Sat 6 Nov –  Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Nov – Guildford, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Pictures:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelowry/albums/72157719506787403

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