I have two confessions to make about All the Fun of the Fair, London’s new West End hit musical staring David Essex. Firstly, I only went because my mum wanted me to take her. Secondly, I got so wrapped up in this wonderful show that I nearly cried like a big soppy muppet when David sang Winter’s Tale at the end.
While it might not win awards for originality, everything about this musical works perfectly. If you like a good musical, you’ll like this. Even the predictable boy-meets-girl plot is perfectly pitched. They’ve taken great music, a stunning set, interesting characters, a straight-forward plot and an enthusiastic, talented cast, and created a really warm, enjoyable show.
Sometimes pop songs shoehorned into musicals don’t really work, but in All The Fun of the Fair, songs like Gonna Make You a Star, Me and My Girl (Night-Clubbing) and Hold Me Close fit perfectly into the adventures of funfair owner Levi and his son Jack. Silver Dream Machine inspires a particularly stunning scene.
All the Fun of the Fair is full of passion, David Essex is full of charming charisma and the Garrick Theatre is full of happy musical fans. Rock On!
18 April – 6 September, tickets from £20. www.allthefunofthefairmusical.com