Nomads Musical Theatre
Showtime Coffee, 21st to 23rd March 2018
A complex brew of fine showtunes blending a nutty aroma with overtones of homegrown comedy. Showtime Coffee tells the tale of the bitter rivalry between two branded coffee shops, and the fallout that ensues when a boy and a girl employed by the rival chains fall deeply in love. This modern 'Romeo and Juliet' style story features songs from hit West End musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain, Shrek: The Musical and more!
Arlington Arts, Newbury.
Review of Showtime Coffee
21st to 23rd March 2018
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Espresso-ed in song
Nomads coffee shops compete West Side Story-style
Newbury Nomads: Showtime Coffee, at Arlington Arts, Snelsmore, from Wednesday, March 21, to Friday, March 23
Another venue, another chance for Newbury's Nomads to show their talents in the frisky Showtime Coffee, written by George Stacey, a (very) loose variation on the West Side Story theme. Instead of Jets and Sharks, there were two fiercely competitive coffee shops, the Red Bean run by the lads and the Green Bean by the girls.
Led by Emily (Grace Ryder) and Lucie (Alison Hoult), the girls at the Green Bean worry when Kim (Fern Barthorpe) falls in love with Jack (Tom Hazelden) from the Red Bean. There are more complications in that Emily has already had a failed romance with Billy (excellent acting from Andy Pocock), but of course in the end everything turns out well. Fern Barthorpe's I'm Not That Girl was eminently listenable and a highspot was Tom Hazelden singing the optimistic Maybe This Time – a great song well sung.
Chorus numbers were punchy with good cohesive singing and enthusiastic movement, especially the hilarious Nomad equivalent of the 'full' Monty.
It was great throughout to see so many young lively people on stage, especially Kim's four sassy chums, who acted their socks off and were dressed to kill. (Speaking of costumes, I was a bit puzzled as to why some girls in the second half were clad in what looked like bandages?)
Lots of praise from seasoned performer Kath Burns entertaining with He Vas My Boyfriend, a good all-round performance from Sasha Lovell the trio I Wish I Could Go Back to College with Sasha, husband Jon and Rhys Swan, to Sam Briggs' singing of the old favourite They'll Never Believe Me.
I admire Nomads for providing the opportunity to give as many members as possible the experience of singing on stage. However, it requires courage and determination to sell a song to your audience. We are on your side, we want you to do well, so go for it. Unfortunately, perhaps partly due to the placing of the microphones, approximately a third of the singing was completely inaudible – and I was sitting in row C.
I understand that the transition from the small New Greenham Arts stage to the larger auditorium at Arlington Arts created problems for Nomads, not least the fact that Nic Cope's musicians had to be at the back of the stage. Next time can only be easier.
So it's on to their October production – Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, 4th to 7th October 2017. See the review in the archive.
Showtime Boheme, 16th to 18th March 2017. See the review in the archive.
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.