Razzle Dazzle 2017
General Information Razzle Dazzle - 2017
Thursday 13th July - Saturday 15th July 2017
Evenings at 7.30pm
Westbourne Hall, West Kirby
Musical Director - Robert Bowness
Rehearsal Accompanist - Victoria Wells
Together with Dancers from The Wallasey School of Ballet
under the direction of their Principal
Ticket Sales - Bob Jarvis
Programme Razzle Dazzle - 2017
Joan Reynolds Jones
Plus dancers from the Wallasey School of Ballet
Photographs Razzle Dazzle - 2017
The cast in rehearsal
Press Coverage Razzle Dazzle - 2017
NODA REVIEW - ‘Razzle Dazzle' - WKLOS
I took my 16 year old granddaughter to see this show and she didn’t like it..SHE LOVED IT. Ellie(Goulding) and Ariana were momentarily forgotten ,a miracle in itself. This goes a long way to telling you what a great evening’s entertainment this was.
Robert Bowness the Musical Director must take great kudos for the ensemble and solo singing and for some clever arrangements which served to enhance so many of the songs. Debbie Clark’s choreography and dancers from the Wallasey School of Ballet were as always a welcome addition whether as purely dance numbers or when supporting the main cast . We had no orchestra but it didn’t matter when we had such a fine accompanist as Victoria Wells at the keyboard.
How do Societies plan the shows format. All too often the temptation not to try something different or experiment with the unfamiliar becomes the norm. WKLOS. I am delighted to say were not so tempted to do so and even when the more well-known show medleys were presented they was done with innovation and style.
With such a fine cast of soloists it is sometimes difficult to pick out highlights when all were so good but well I’m going to anyway. Jean Taylor really kicked us off with a song from Sunset Boulevard, a show I have not seen and which I now wish I had. Eric Mates gave us one of my personal favourites with “I won’t send Roses” from Mack and Mabel, a great song. In between these two a young lady dancer had treated us to an Irish dance number; shades of River Dance. I love Irish Dancing.
Tia Gill and Denise Milnes pulled out all the stops with Bosom Buddies from Mame
WKLOS’s main show for 2018 will be “Once upon a time at the Adelphi” and Gerry Johnson with the chorus treated us to a foretaste of this production; a note in your diary not to be missed.
The second half introduced the audience and me to “A musical” from a show I had never heard of called “Something Rotten” which it definitely was not. John Phipps and Keith Phillips led this number with great aplomb. Very funny and clever and the same applied when Gerry Johnson favoured us with “I’ve got a little list” I could well sympathise for every person who has auditioned for a part and not got it. Unfamiliar with the song, although the music rang a bell I was later told that the music was from the “Mikado” and that Rob had written the words. Since the only person I knew of in the show was Rob Poston I assumed he wrote them and if so what a great job he did not only with that but with his rendition of “Don’t ask me why’ later in the show.
Tia Gill gave a strong showing with “Sooner or Later” featured in the film Dick Tracy and once again showed us what a consummate performer she is. Whenever you see this lady you can tell she loves and revels in the art of performing. The changes in expression, every move, compliments the song or dialogue in which she is involved, either on her own or in the company of others.
And we were not finished there…. “Who’s that woman”? featuring 7 of the ladies led by Beki Jenkins and the dancers is a Stephen Sondheim song from the hit show “Follies”. Sondheim rarely lets us down and this was no exception.
The Phantom of the Opera medley was very well sung and enjoyable as was “Waltz of my heart” beautifully sung by Denis Milnes. They don’t write songs like that anymore.
Razzle Dazzle had to be included and Keith Phillips and the Dancers more than did it justice as we headed towards the end of the show. “The Best of Times” and finally “One” closed out the evening which was of great regret to the audience in view of their response to the entire cast.
Sound, lighting and costuming were all excellent; in essence this was a very fine show and If I haven’t mentioned all the inclusions let me added that there wasn’t a weak moment.., Just ask my Granddaughter!
Budge Grounsell, Region 4 NODA Representative.
Comments from an audience member by email
We were all Dazzled by the Razzle last night. What a really great show - keep up the good (GREAT) work!
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