Come What May @ Darlington Hippodrome
Come What May – an evening at The Moulin Rouge
Step into the decadence and hedonism of Paris in the 1890's and bask in the opulence, the glamour and the glitz of some of the best musical numbers from the worlds most loved shows.
Produced by two of the best touring production companies, Sweeney Entertainments and Sisco Productions, Come What May is a brilliant evening of song and dance, humour and happiness and a large portion of sexiness.
This cabaret style show, complete with an MC channelling Tim Curry and Joel Grey, is a relentless delivery of brilliant show stoppers. The pace never lets up as we are whisked through hits such as Lady Marmalade, The Greatest Show, Saturday Night’s alright (for fighting), Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, the Love medley, Roxanne and one of the best, and most unexpected, La Vie en Rose.
The whole play list is a tribute to the best songs from modern musical film and theatre and is guaranteed to have everyone singing and dancing in the aisles.
The three leads each have power, poise and lots of purpose – they are a great blend, complimenting each other and the show in general – great casting and clearly something they love doing. Helen Hill is a sultry, sexy, beautiful and powerful lady – she shines as bright as the diamonds she sings of and carries tunes that usually are group songs on her own without losing any of the impact. Steffan Lloyd-Evans is a great ‘Rocketman’ – his renditions of Elton John numbers had everyone rocking in their seats and, when duetting with Helen in the titular Come What May he brought a tenderness that stopped people in their seats.
Stealing the limelight, not least due to his very cheeky Emceeing was David Wyatt – as mentioned earlier he was a wonderful blend of Tim Curry and Joel Grey, camp and cute one moment, dangerous and controlling the next – his hits from Burlesque, his lead on the seedy Roxanne and an eye popping ‘Like a Virgin’ were complimented by some very snazzy boxer shorts.
The dancers were non-stop energy, their routines keenly honed to compliment the music and never far away from descending into the 1890’s absinthe induced psychedelia of spins, twists and some amazing acrobatics. The stand out routine is most certainly the Can Can, a perfect rendition of the famous dance which put the Moulin Rouge firmly into the consciousness of a country. By the end even the audience were breathing hard.
If you love musical numbers, have enjoyed the recent revival of musical films celebrating great song and dance, and want an evening of escapism and unapologetic hedonism then treat yourself (and your lover) to tickets to this show.
Check out https://www.sweeneyentertainments.co.uk/shows/come-what-may/ for tour dates and links to book