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When you go and see an already panned show, you often come out thinking ‘well, it wasn’t that bad’. Not so in this case; you come out at the interval thinking ‘get me out of here’, go home and down a large glass of red.

There are many mysteries associated with this show:

  • Had the Menier’s David Brabani read the book or heard the music before he risked tarnishing the Menier brand? 
  • Has the man who directed the original productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Company, Pacific Overtures, Candide, Evita and Phantom of the Opera lost the plot?
  • Has the woman responsible for the wonderful choreography of The Producers and the NT’s Oklahoma had a temporary or permanent loss of taste and style?
  • Did all those experienced and lauded Broadway actors, including a man called Mandy, just come for the daytime sightseeing?
  • Have they got something on the man who has had 10 plays produced by the RSC (not that I ever really understood their obsession with him)? Was he blackmailed?

We may never know…..

Rumour has it the American producers opened it here because the Tony Award laden venue is now such a draw on Broadway, that putting ‘Direct from The Menier Chocolate Factory, London’ puts bums (or should we say butts) on seats. The cast and production team have even more Tony’s than the Menier, so they should know better. No-one can breathe life into a shit show with a bad book and dreadfully twee music. Yes, it’s as bad as the reviews……

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