Review: Boogie Nights Colston Hall by John Packwood 9/10
THERE are 50 dates for the original and favourite Seventies musical (not the rather risqué film with the same title) which is now back on the road. This visit to Bristol was near the halfway mark of the tour.
Loosely based on the original story which is both hilarious and heart-warming, this story of Roddy O' Neil (a lively Shane Ritchie Jr ) is set in a provincial town.
The music is mainly for the older generation but it was good to see the younger members of the large audience joining in with the clapping and dancing.
This remixed concert version uses well over 50 songs of that era and the lively cast use the show as a disco-style event. This is not a bad thing because it gives these talented performers the chance to sing many classic hits of the Seventies. Don't Blame It On The Boogie introduced most of the cast and I was particularly impressed with the ballad Yesterday Once More beautifully sung by Emily Penny and Nicola Meehan.
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Another member with whom I was impressed was Spencer (Andy Abraham) whose lively singing and expert dancing kept events moving. The obvious attraction were the three Osmond brothers Merrill, Jay and Jimmy. They have been professionals for over 50 years and still produce a top class sound especially in Love Me For A reason.
After a Seventies medley the whole company came together for Crazy Horses to end the first half.
After the interval we again had a fine set from the Osmonds including their really big hits Puppy Love and, joined by Gareth Gates, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, before a beautifully harmonised Remember Me with pictures flashed on the screen of their younger days.
It is difficult in this limited space to mention all the songs and performers but the enthusiasm and stamina of the supporting cast was incredible.
Gareth Gates was impressive both in his singing and acting in the role of Dean.