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Shane Lynch in Panto

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This afternoon I enjoyed a visit to The Stag theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent where Shane Lynch from Boyzone played Abanazar in the pantomime Aladdin. I’ve been a Boyzone fan from the very beginning and I try to support the lads individually whenever possible. I’d never been to this theatre before but thought it was a pleasant venue which catered well for lunch which was much-needed by the time my friends and I arrived. We then went on to wait for Shane at stage door who is always very polite when we see him. After a few quick photo’s we went inside to find our seats and warm up again. We were 3 rows back from the stage and had a brilliant view.

Hats off to the producers who made this such a fantastic show and even managed to drop in a Boyzone number. The whole show was extremely funny and full of adult humour, I felt like a big kid. I thought Shane did a fantastic job at playing a bad guy which seemed to suit him better than his good guy roles in the past. I must give credit to the rest of the cast who were extremely entertaining. Andrew Stone played the chief of police, Tony Haygarth played the emperor of China, Jasette Amos played the genie, Robert Pearce played the Widow Twankey, Ant Payne played Silly (Wishee) Billy (Washee), Drew-Levi Huntsman played Aladdin and Lucy Reed played Princess Jasmine.

Dancers big and small also deserve a mention. There was one very little girl who tried her best to keep up with the others, she was so cute bless her. definitely well worth grabbing tickets if you are in the area… I’m even thinking about going again!

Me and Shane Lynch

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Ghost the Musical – A Short Review

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In the run-up to Richard and Caissie’s transfer to Broadway with Ghost the musical I had to share with you my thoughts about currently successful West End shows. I heard mixed reviews to begin with so I knew I had to see for myself. I must admit I was a little reluctant at first as I knew that nothing could better such a classic well-loved film. For those of you who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about, this is the musical theatre version of the legendary Patrick Swayze film in which his character Sam Wheat is killed in cold blood during a high point in his relationship with artist Molly Jensen. Caught in-between worlds; Sam, with the help of opinionated and witty medium Oda Mae Brown, solve his murder.

Considering that the original film was made over 20 years ago, the modernisation of the theatre production doesn’t affect the way in which the story is portrayed. In fact the story line stays true to the film with only minor alterations. If you are a big fan of the film then you will notice that they have re-written parts and missed bits out to make it more adaptable for the stage. But don’t let this put you off.

They couldn’t have chosen a better cast. All the mains have an incredible stage presence and the choreography is amazing. For those of you that have no recollection of who Richard Fleeshman is, then don’t worry about it. He will build more credibility in the West End than he ever did in his previous career. Accompanied by Caissie Levy, the pair of them will blow you away with their vocals. The songs are a masterpiece alone and even the overture will send shivers down your spine.

So much emotion has been poured into this musical which is how it should be. You start to feel as though the characters are real. Whoopi Goldberg eat your heart out, Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown will have you rolling in the isles and you couldn’t get a better villain ┬áthan Ivan De Freitas who plays Willy Lopez.

The whole show is visually stunning throughout and on occasions will leave you open-mouthed and gasping in disbelief. The illusions and special effects are phenomenal. You have to see it to believe it. That’s why I don’t want to give too much away. But if you walk into the theatre thinking that you are going to get a Patrick Swayze double and the show is going to be exactly the same as the film then your wrong. Go with an open mind and enjoy.