REVIEW: There is no business like show business, Royal Hippodrome Theater, Eastbourne, from Thursday May 27 to Saturday May 29, 2021.
Three cheers for the Royal Hippodrome Theater reopening after lockdown with a delicious musical treat There No Business Like Show Business
It’s a magical experience brought to you by the Adams family and their dynamic team of local professionals showcasing musical genres over the years in a lively evening.
Charismatic comedy host Grant Martins and Co. delivers excellent vocals, dance routines and humor to mark the reopening of the theater with a wonderful and socially distanced production.
The multi-talented Grant and Alex Adams work so well together in Me and My Shadow and We’re in the Money after kicking off the night by running the company in the title track.
Barney and Paula Pout, who played for many years as Duality and who appear this summer on “Sunday Night Live” at the Hippodrome with their band The Rhythm Crew, also show great chemistry.
They’re hilarious as a bickering couple in Goody Goody, and shine again in Me and My Girl, as are Thomas Hackett, Star Bray and Company with The Lambeth Walk from the same hit show.
Vivacious Laura Sivers and the Girls wow us with Why Do Fools Fall In Love, while Laura and Star Bray give an excellent rendition of The Rose. Nick Hollands also exudes confidence and receives extended applause with What A Wonderful World.
Other great performances are given by Sarah Baker, Vicky Potter, Eliza Hackett and Darcie Bennett.
There No Business Like Show Business is brilliantly produced by Alex and Debbie Adams, with Alex also the director and Debbie the choreographer. Their contributions are enormous. They are expertly assisted by stage manager Stuart French, lighting designer Megan Stanfield and sound designer Nick Todd.
This is the first show at the Hippodrome since December of last year. With the help of Arts Council grants during 18 very difficult months, the theater staff did a tremendous job. Careful planning of the arrangements behind the scenes and in front of the house makes the Covid venue secure, along with the renovation, modernization and improvement.
There is no business as the Business show continues on Friday and Saturday May 28th and 29th at 8pm, and an extended version will hopefully return this summer. It would be a nice bonus if they could add another show-stop like I Dreamed A Dream or All I Ask Of You.