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Corbyn the Musical: The Motorcycle Diaries

“Sharp satire”

In a Britain not too far in the political future, Vladmir Putin has decided to reignite a nuclear threat. As the nation turns to its leader for guidance, it seems that newly appointed premier Jeremy Corbyn is refusing to enter into negotiations. The reason is explained in this sharply scripted new musical by political pundits Bobby Friedman and Rupert Myers with original music by Jen Green.

A small ensemble is led by Martin Neely, who makes an arresting Corbyn, blessed with a bold, tenor belt and a killer sense of comic timing. He is supported by a versatile David Muscat, hilariously doubling as both Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson and a wonderful Natasha Lewis, revealing hidden depths as sometime wild child Diane Abbott.

The cut and thrust of Friedman and Myers’ script is exceptional, lampooning familiar politicians such as Johnson, Tony Blair and Putin with unequivocal glee and wholly deserved irreverence. Green’s catchy score references everything from 70s funk to Broadway and the songs slip snugly into the narrative, adding texture to the piece.  Despite nailing both political and musical satire so perfectly, the show is sadly let down by a sudden and wholly unsatisfactory ending.

Production Details
Production nameCorbyn the Musical: The Motorcycle Diaries
VenueWaterloo East Theatre
StartsApril 12, 2016
EndsApril 30, 2016
Running time2hrs 20mins
ComposerJen Green
Book writerBobby Friedman, Rupert Myers
LyricistBobby Friedman, Rupert Myers
DirectorAdam Lenson
Musical directorTim Shaw
ChoreographerMel Simpson
Set designerChris Hone
Costume designerChris Hone
Lighting designerChris Withers
Sound designerMike Thacker
CastDavid Muscat, James Dinsmore, Jennifer Hepburn, Jonathan Chambers, Martin Neely, Natasha Lewis
Stage managerElizabeth Webb
ProducerBobby Friedman, Rupert Myers
VerdictTightly scripted musical satire blessed with a talented ensemble but let down by an injudicious finale
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