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Club Mex

“Funny, innovative and well-cast musical”

For Club Mex, a new musical penned by comic Tamar Broadbent, Manchester’s ever-versatile Hope Mill warehouse space is transformed into a Mexican holiday resort.

Surrounded by neon strip lighting, audience members stand on a dance floor in the middle of the action to evoke a convincing nightclub experience. The partygoing atmosphere is driven by John-Victor’s impressive original score, which channels a variety of club classics.

The plot centres on the hen party antics of bride-to-be Mel (Jade Johnson) and her two best friends, with Broadbent’s script finding lots of risqué comic potential in the events that unfold. The casting (initially undertaken via Instagram) is a real strength of this production. Johnson’s vocals shine, especially during power ballad Cry and the anthemic Taking on the World, and Alison Arnopp displays considerable presence as the promiscuous Tiff.

Audience participation is encouraged by the cast, particularly by Alvaro Flores as local lothario Antonio. Sometimes, however, attempts to convey the realism of the clubbing experience result in sight lines being obscured and dialogue getting lost where the action takes place at ground level rather than on the raised stage areas.

Ultimately the show works because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Devising some characters as immediately recognisable types allows Broadbent to poke fun at the ridiculousness of contemporary courtship and culture, themes drawn out by Atherton’s direction and John-Victor’s lyrics.

Club Mex provides an amusing and unusual take on the genre that will hopefully bring musicals to the attention of a new audience.

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Production Details
Production nameClub Mex
VenueHope Mill Theatre
StartsJanuary 17, 2019
EndsFebruary 10, 2019
Running time1hr 25mins
ComposerJohn-Victor .
Book writerTamar Broadbent
LyricistJohn-Victor .
DirectorJulie Atherton
Musical directorSarah Morrison
ChoreographerGenesis Lynea
Set designerEmma Bailey
Costume designerEmma Bailey
Lighting designerFrancis Clegg
Sound designerMax Hunter
Casting directorJames ., Rosie Pearson
CastAlison Arnopp, Alvaro Flores, Bradley Connor, Emma Louise Hoey, Jade Johnson, Jeremy Sartori, Jessica Shaw, Jonathan Cordin
Production managerHenry Harrod
ProducerAitch Productions, Globalals
VerdictFunny, innovative and well-cast musical offering an immersive clubbing experience and a varied original score
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