Reviewer: Paul Downham
The Public Reviews Rating:
There have been a number of tribute shows featuring The Blues Brothers over the years but you may be surprised on leaving the theatre that your lasting memory is that of the band and the supporting cast in this particular production. 11 members of the supporting company shine brighter than the brothers themselves.
Once up and running the audience are treated to the fast paced energy associated with Blues Brothers performances belting out all the well loved songs including Sweet Home Chicago and Flip, Flop Fly to name but two. Out of the brothers, Elwood Blues was is more energetic in his performance and never stops dancing throughout the show other than to expertly play the harmonica to the delight of the audience, many of whom were wearing regulation dark sunglasses.
As alluded to earlier the stars of the show are the fantastic band and supporting singers whom as well as providing backing vocals, step up centre stage and provide the true highlights of the evening that include ‘Minnie the Moocher’ and ‘Think’ gaining easily the loudest cheers of the night.
The first half of the show seems to end rather abruptly when the entire cast depart the stage and the house lights came up leaving many wondering if it is the interval or the end of the performance. The second half of the show is painfully short at a little over half an hour and seems more like an encore to the first half however, this does not deter the majority of the audience remaining on their feet dancing until the last note sounded.
Overall this is a good show featuring some very talented individuals and with a little more polish has the potential to last on the road.