This outstanding show, full of fun and new ideas, is a selective variation on the original song and dance theme. The entire cast of six classy multi-talented performers are all onstage most of the time and they seem to do the work of a dozen.
A scene from Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Photo: Robert Workman
Fast and lively, they have no time for fools and take no prisoners - aside from the large audience. There
are no gaps as they sing while dancing to the best songs from 50 famous stage and film musicals, from Top Hat to Jersey Boys.
A few of the many highlights and tributes in this sharp production include the recording of the singing
in the rain routine for the film of the same name, the Andrews Sisters and wartime selection, the excellent Money act from Cabaret, smart tap dancing and an interesting Gotta Get a Gimmick from Gypsy featuring Alison Dormer, Rebecca Lisewski and Lowrie Walton.
David McMullan and Adam Scown do everything right and Simon Adkins’ singing of Stars has developed into an event.
Across the evening, these six entertainers become remarkable singers, dancers, tap dancers, comics, linguists, tumblers and athletes. Around the West End shows in less than four minutes is an hilarious sequence and The Party’s Over is beautifully sung. Two screens onstage display pictures of famous performers in their shows.
The costumes for constant changes are just right, Nick Winston’s choreography is stunning and the production is upheld by Robert Cousins’ hard-driving onstage four-piece band. Terrific.