5th - 9th June 2007
Gala Theatre, Durham
PARISIAN culture is on display with the Durham Musical Theatre Company's production of the Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi. Set in belle Epoque Paris at the turn of the century, Gigi is the tale of Gaston, a French aristocrat who falls in love with a young girl who has been groomed to be a courtesan.
This light-hearted view into Parisian life is blessed with several skilled performances, most notably those of 18-year-old Sophie Begg in the title role, as well as Laurence Scott as Honore.
The cast gave a strong musical performance, bringing to life classics like Thank Heaven For Little Girls and The Night They Invented Champagne. There were, however, a few things that could have been improved. There was too much going on visually during the contract signing scene, which, although providing comic relief, drew attention from the main plot. But this, and a few other minor flaws, such as a couple of dancers losing their balance, did little to detract from the flow of the show.
Overall, the evening was enjoyable and the show performed with a refreshing enthusiasm.
by Gavin Havery published in the Northern Echo
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