We have returned from our trip to Leeds having enjoyed a performance of Strictly Ballroom and I should begin with a review of the show, but since it was the last night then perhaps there isn’t much point. I’ll give it a go though.
Musicals such as this are not my cup of char as a rule but I did enjoy this one even if some of the songs were pure Disney. (Life is Leap of Faith wouldn’t sound out of place in The Lion King)
And I should mention the misplaced apostrophe on stage in the neon “Kendalls’ School of Dance” but that would be nitpicking. Which I never do, of course.
The cast was generally excellent, particularly in the singing department which helps in a musical. Mrs P wasn’t quite so impressed by Sam Lips who played the leading man Scott Kendall. She felt he lacked presence and she has a point. He spent so much time being cross and angst-ridden that all you ever really saw was a cross person.
Gemma Sutton who plays Fran was particularly good, but for me the star was Fernando Miras who played her father. His dramatic flamenco (supposedly a Pasa Doble) was the highlight of the show for both me and Mrs P.
You can read a proper review here and should the show come your way then I recommend seeing it.