Nomads Musical Theatre
Showtime Boheme, 16th to 18th March 2017
The next in our Showtime series.
New Greenham Arts, Newbury.
Review of Showtime Boheme
16th to 18th March 2017.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Nomads show the best of boho
Nomads: Showtime Bohème, at New Greenham Arts, from Thursday, March 16, to Saturday, March 18
What is it, I wonder, that makes Newbury's Nomads able to attract – and keep – so many young talented people when other societies struggle to do so? Time and again in their performances, it is the sight of the stage full of enthusiastic, committed performers doing what they love best which makes the evenings a success, even though not everything may be perfect.
And although not everything was absolutely perfect in Showtime Bohème, the society's spring concert designed to give as many members as possible a chance to be on stage, nevertheless the audience's enjoyment was evident.
The storyline that wandered through the show and began, I thought, with a rather-too-long dialogue before the opening number, was that of a society seeking a sponsor to put on a showcase at their local hall. There was romance, too, mainly between Charlie (a brilliant performance from George Stacey) and Fran (Melissa Hughes wryly, emotively singing The History of Wrong Guys), plus abandoned fiancée Alison Hoult as Jo, wistfully recalling 'good old Beverley Hills'.
Beth Marsh, as Sally, choreographer to a gloriously uncooperative group of dancers, gave expressive feisty charm to her singing of Practically Perfect and ended up with the right guy (Samuel Briggs as the lively Jamie). He joined with Shaun Blake as Dan in one of the funniest duets, desperately hurling themselves around in Sondheim's Agony.
Almost pipping George Stacey to Number One Show Stealer was Andy Spaak as The Invisible Writer, using his rich voice to great effect and giving pathos to Mr Cellophane from Chicago.
Among other good performances were Freddie Cook, obviously enjoying himself as Mark (good voice), the excellent actress Grace Ryder as Patty, Hannah Maskell as sparky Liz, and Jon Lovell and Nikki Harrison as romantic 'back-up' Sam and Helen.
Particularly impressive was the lively, cohesive singing and co-ordinated movement when the whole cast were on stage. Led by musical director Jevan Johnson Booth, the combination of 'the band' and these singers was always dynamic and effective.
Perhaps Nomads' secret for keeping their members is that they mix the unusual with the well-known as they have done with their song choice in Bohème. Whatever it is, it works and director Harriet Wilson can be satisfied with the outcome.
Oklahoma!, 5th to 8th October 2016. See the review in the archive.
Showtime Market, 17th to 19th March 2016. See the review in the archive.
Sunset Boulevard, 7th to 10th October 2015. See the review in the archive.
Showtime Circus, 26th to 28th March 2015. See the review in the archive.
Summer Holiday, 1st to 4th October 2014. See the review in the archive.
Showtime Royale, 27th to 29th March 2014
Grease, 2nd to 5th October 2013
Showtime Ever After!, 21st to 23rd March 2013. See the review in the Archive.
Footloose, 19th to 22nd September 2012.
See the review in the Archive.
Showtime Chemistry, 22nd to 24th March 2012
Our House - The Madness Musical, 5th to 8th October 2011
Showtime Locomotion 2011, 24th to 26th March 2011. See the review in the Archive.
Jekyll and Hyde, 6th to 9th October 2010. See the review in the Archive.
Showtime Café, 22nd to 24th April 2010. See the review in the Archive.
West Side Story, 7th to 10th October 2009. See the review in the Archive.
Disco Inferno, 1st to 4th October 2008. See the review in the Archive.
The Wizard of Oz, 3rd to 6th October 2007. See the review in the Archive.
Chess, 4th to 7th October 2006. See the review in the Archive.
Showtime 2006, 31st March to 1st April 2006. See the review in the Archive.
Annie, 5th to 8th October 2005. See the review in the Archive.
Showtime!, 28th to 30th April 2005. See the review in the Archive.
Jesus Christ Superstar, 6th to 9th October 2004. See the review in the Archive.
Guys and Dolls, 1st to 4th October 2003. See the review in the Archive.
Oliver!, 3rd to 5th October 2002. See the review in the Archive.
Sweet Charity, 4th to 6th October 2001. See the review in the Archive.
A celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, Sat 7th and Sun 8th April 2001. See the review in the Archive.
Some Like it Hot, 5th to 7th October 2000. See the Archive for reviews.