Review: Love Me Tender, Opera House, Manchester

LOVE ME TENDER,                         , Director and Choreographer - Karen Bruce, Set design - Morgan Large, Costume design - Vicky Gill, Lighting - James Whiteside, Manchester Opera House, Manchester ,2015,  Credit: Johan Persson/

LOVE ME TENDER, , Director and Choreographer – Karen Bruce, Set design – Morgan Large, Costume design – Vicky Gill, Lighting – James Whiteside, Manchester Opera House, Manchester ,2015, Credit: Johan Persson/

It’s got rock ‘n’ roll, it’s got a host of classic Elvis tunes, it’s got a Shakespeare plot and there’s no doubting  that Love Me Tender has gotta whole lotta fun.

With stunning sets, superb choreography and those timeless songs, this production had an appreciative audience all shook up and shouting for more.

The plot is based loosely on the Bard’s Twelfth Night, so there is guaranteed fun and frolics with cross-dressing, and mistaken identity hilarity.

The story centres on rock’n’roller roustabout Chad, descending on an American town where “loud music, public necking and tight pants” are banned.

Ben Lewis is excellent in the role of  the rebel with the cause of breathing some life into the sleepy town.

Shaun Williamson, fresh from his triumph in Anything Goes also impresses Jim, a widower whose daughter Natalie, the town mechanic, falls for Chad. Laura Tebbutt knocks out some of those great tunes as daughter Natalie, who cross-dresses to get closer to Chad.

But for me, it was Mica Paris as bar owner Sylvia, the  mother of rebellious Lorraine challenging the town’s strict segregation laws, whose accomplished vocals steal the show.

Advertisements

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: