Bringing the 1960’s to life, find out what critics made of Rip it Up now playing at the Garrick Theatre.
The Stage: *** “The real live wire in this quartet however is Merrygold, late of JLS and by far the most accomplished all-rounder. His several musical interludes including a gently soaring Whiter Shade of Pale showed a deep emotional connection to the music, while the intensity of his dance, accompanied by an equally impassioned Charlie Bruce, is quite mesmerising.”
WhatsOnStage: *** “Gareth Walker’s choreography is frenetic and lively, featuring lots of fancy footwork and of course some ballroom. The Fab Four, accompanied by ten dancers and a band, exude high levels of energy throughout, constantly encouraging the audience to clap and sing along, as well as take photos. It’s a real event. So it’s a shame that after a while you feel like you’re watching the same thing over and over again.”
Broadway World: *** “For a show that insistently tells us how great the 60s were for music, they don’t let the songs breathe much.”
West End Wilma: ** “It is a fun night with great song selection and Strictly fans will adore the stars and their routines but without a strong linking narrative, a tighter execution and higher production values, I am not sure this is strong enough to sustain a four month West End run.”
Evening Standard: ** “boasts the peculiar honour of being both exceedingly energetic and extremely unmemorable.”
The Upcoming: ***** “Rip It Up: the 60s is a feel-good, high-energy show thanks to the fantastic production from Steven Howard and the apparent relentless energy that the cast pour into the show. Undoubtedly it will touch the sentimentality of the older generation, but the connection to Strictly and the celebrity cast bring it firmly into the 21st century too, defying anyone to remain in their seats for longer than the first ten minutes.”
Express: *** “It’s basically like watching ‘those nice young men from the telly’ doing themselves proud live in the West End.”
Musical Theatre Review: *** “This show is essentially a fast-paced, fun-packed two hours of Strictly Come Dancing. Thrilling and excitable, but it does make you wonder if this show would be such a success without its leading (and famous) men!”
Rip it Up continues to play at the Garrick Theatre until the 2nd June.