There are many things to praise in this show. For a start, it is packed with Dusty Springfield songs, from the huge hits to earlier titles such as Island of Dreams.
The opening of the first act, with a solo trumpet playing the first few notes of You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, sends shivers down the spine.
The cast (all fourteen of them) act, sing, and dance – often all at the same time – quite brilliantly, with no visible effort at all. Plus, of that fourteen, eleven also play musical instruments onstage.
It’s the most multi-talented ensemble I’ve seen for a while.
Debra Stephenson is heart-breaking as the young widow, Alison. Her voice is utterly beautiful, and she gives her character a truly rounded personality.
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