Summer Holiday, The Musical - King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Here is the weather forecast for the Glasgow area this week … the temperature will be noticeably higher as the cast of Summer Holiday, The Musical are in town! The energy being burned on stage at The King’s Theatre is enough to raise spirits, heart rate and even the temperature!

My opening paragraph is only slightly flippant. The energy levels on stage are something that must be seen to be believed on a cold Glasgow evening. And that energy is infectious as the whole audience starts movin’ and a-groovin’ with the cast. There is no ‘sunnier’ musical than Summer Holiday. It’s all good clean fun with a warm fuzzy storyline, glowing characters and a smoking hot soundtrack. Even the ‘baddie’ doubles as the comedy act.

The story is based on the famous 1963 movie starring Cliff Richard and is packed with Cliff’s hits from the era. Four London bus mechanics decide to take a break from the rain to tour Europe in a refurbished Routemaster bus. On the way, they rescue a three part female vocal group from a fate worse than the RAC and decide to whisk them off to their gig in Athens. They are joined by a beautiful runaway singing star who disguises herself as a boy to remain incognito. So … 4 boys, 4 girls and sunshine from horizon to horizon … you can guess the rest.

The score bulges with hit after hit and the libretto provides a smooth and witty segway between the songs. Songs include “Batchelor Boy”, “The Young Ones”, “Living Doll”, “Do You Wanna Dance?” and many more (including the irrepressible “Summer Holiday”).

Choreography from Director / Choreographer Racky Plews was superb and brilliantly executed by this energetic cast. Often balletic in style it brought a beautiful flow to the action on stage. Co-ordination and synchronisation among the cast was nothing short of superb. Sharp and athletic execution was often called for and always delivered to great effect – not least by the show’s star turn, Ray Quinn.

And, for me, it’s Ray Quinn (as Don) that takes this touring cast to an even higher level. Far from being a token ‘draw’ for ticket sales, Ray Quinn holds his own with this talented cast and blew me away with a combination of quality vocals and strenuous dance moves at the same time! Quality, Control, Stamina – a real triple threat! Ray was ably supported throughout. In particular by love interest, Sophie Matthew (as sweet and likeable Barbara) and his trio of chums played by Billy Roberts, Joe Goldie and Rory McGuire (delivering very distinct and entertaining characters). Becky Bassett (as Stella) had good material to work with but played too many jokes to the audience for my taste. Wayne Smith (as Stella’s hapless sidekick, Jerry) was wonderfully comical.

This show is really not to be missed. It’ll bring a much desired warm glow to a cold autumnal evening. From the outset, it’s a real Foot Tapper.

Summer Holiday – King’s Theatre, Glasgow
30/10/18 – 03/11/18
Matinees Wed & Sat 14:30
Evenings Tue to Sat 19:30
Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg. fee) www.atgtickets.com
Tickets: £13 - £48.50