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Review: Lost Musicals: Words & Music

Some musicals should perhaps remain lost...

 
Lost Musicals is a strand of seldom performed musicals from great lyricists, composers and librettists, which are given a showcase in concert form.
 
Words & Music was a revue show, written by The Master himself, Noël Coward, and last performed in 1932. It features many of his best-known songs, here seen in the context which they were originally planned, including, Mad About the Boy, The Hall of Fame, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and The Party’s Over Now.
 
The format of Lost Musicals is well-trodden - performers in evening dress, scripts in hand, accompanied by a pianist.  Although it may not sit within the remit of Lost Musicals, this production could have benefited from a more complete staging to give the material its due.
 
An issue with Lost Musicals, and one which is particularly stark in this case, is that sometimes there is a reason why these productions have not been revived in decades.

GT gives this a: 2/5

Lost Musicals: Words & Music is at Sadler's Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Ave, London, EC1R. 14 July - 4 August 2013 (Sundays only).

Words: Luke Morrison
 

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