Concept players present Little Me

Book by Neil Simon

Music by Cy Coleman

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh

 

NODA Review by Dee McIlroy

 

Last performed by Concept Players ten years ago and I was so pleased I had been there. First performed on Broadway in 1962, and now back with another successful tour in Abergavenny again with their firm following!

Ever brilliant, this company show what immaculate stage craft and the commitment to excellence by everyone on stage really means. The result is there to see with the audience totally involved and loving every minute throughout. Most of these actors play multiple roles to their credit switching with high skill from character to character.

Little Me, the story of Belle, a girl in a turmoil, and her rise from rags to riches so she can ‘fit in’ and be one of the social class of the snobbish love of her life Noble Eggleston and is without doubt, and not everyone knows this, a top show for being screamingly funny! The ensemble in this company are one, they move and sing as a moving sea creating one voice and achieving this is technique of the highest concentration brilliant!

Ellie Hoare as Older Belle was magnificent her posture, diction, golden voice and superb stage presence and with the outstanding multi talented Paul Buckle as Noble Eggleston (and amazingly also seven other characters) they were so right the perfect send-up pairing! Rhiannon Rose as Younger Belle/Baby also played an excellent role, superb timing and her pathos crisp. Andrew Corbett was a stealer as Bernie Buxgrave. Effortless ‘Fosse’ like moves choreography from Adam Pitt and cool grooving in the boogie woogie gave us pizzazz like no other. Chris Powell always a force on stage with his Val du Val and Mr Kleeg and other parts and Bentley the Butler from Steve Davies was a gem.

Congratulations Ruairidh Macleod-Lyon, Director, Dave Thompson, MD, and the musicians who gave us that evocative swing sound. Well done all the team. Very stylish costumes enhanced, set, lighting sound, backstage - all professional.

We know Concept will always be just that - professional every performance!

 

 

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