REVIEW: Calamity Jane @ the Palace, Manchester

CJ-064_CalamityJane-39 (1)by Eddie Toomer-McAlpine

A class act ensemble of singing and dancing musicians gave the Palace Theatre a hoe-down it will never forget.

A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging performance of the western classic saw stand out performances from BBC’s “I’d Do Anything” star Jodie Prenger (Calamity Jane) and Bobby Delaney (Francis Fryer).

Imaginative direction from Nikolai Foster transformed pianos into stagecoaches and saxophones into shotguns.

Squeals and squeaks in supreme comic timing was what set Jodie Prenger apart from most. Her ability to trust her own comedic instinct and not simply follow the script hooked me in from the start right up until the finish.

Led by the comical prowess of Prenger, the cast exuded charisma and likeability. Charming performances from Paul Kissaun (Rattlesnake) and Matthew James Hinchcliffe (Buck) in some of the smaller but very memorable roles.

Runs till March 28

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