Jerry’s Girls – Jermyn Street Theatre
The Broadway Musical Review, Jerry’s Girls, featuring the songs of Jerry Herman, had a successful run earlier this year at the beautiful St James Studio in Victoria. Now it’s West End transfer has come to the Jermyn Street Theatre. I didn’t see the original production but I imagine the cabaret style setting of the St James Studio worked better, as would have allowed the performers to float around the audience which at times felt a little clunky in this production.
This review show is a whirlwind romp through the life and work of Jerry Herman and the performers he worked with. Featuring songs from musicals like Mack and Mabel, Hello Dolly!, Parade and La Cage Aux Folles, there is something in here for everyone to enjoy.
Emma Barton is sublime, with slick dance moves, a powerful voice and great acting through song. Ria Jones is pure musical theatre and a natural performer, taking each move in her stride. Sarah Louise Young brings the comedy to the show and thinks well on her feet when things go wrong on stage.
The real star of this show though is Musical Director, Edward Court. He is very much the fourth performer, interacting with the girls and performing several songs himself. It’s a very nice little surprise to watch when you’re not expecting it to happen. Sophie Byrne plays Reeds in the band but even has a little go in the spotlight herself! Everyone really mucks in for this show.
Well performed with a nice balance of voices and characters on stage, Jerry’s Girls is a great night out where you can hear some classic musical theatre songs.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photo: Poppy Carter
Jerry’s Girls is playing at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 31 May 2015. Click here for tickets