Written: Jonathan Choat
Director: Ed Curtis
Reviewer: Paul Downham
Not being the world’s most enthusiastic person when it comes to the genre of jukebox musicals, there was more than a little trepidation in anticipation of the evening ahead. The story revolves around Vampi, daughter of the Acula family, played by Lauren Samuels who is far from your typical vampire and who dreams of a normal life; soon she shows that just because you’re undead it doesn’t mean you can’t have a life.
The show begins rather slowly in both acts but soon gathers pace with clever interaction of song and dialogue, including some truly blood curdling one-liners which produce groans of appreciation from the lively audience. Special mention should go to the sublime choreography throughout the entire the show courtesy of Matthew Cole interpreted perfectly by the ensemble.
The stand out performance of the night comes from hapless love struck Andrew ‘Van’ Helsing played by Stuart Matthew Price who, along with Samuels, produce a truly memorable climax to the first act with a rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, complete with flying bats soaring over the front rows of the stalls.
As with many musicals of this genre the end of the show plays out a medley of numbers seen during the evening and brings the audience to its feet where they quite rightly stay until the curtain fell. All in all this initially sceptical reviewer was won over by the show and would happily make a second visit.
Runs until 19th May