Now, I 100% wish my life were like a Musical. I want to break out into ballad, perform an impromptu dance number and express my feelings through tune. My bar was set high and this show did not disappoint.
It chronicles the ups and downs (oh so many downs) of being a performer. From struggling in auditions, to crazed fans and becoming the dreaded drama queen, it’s the life and times of Musical Theatre. And it’s not so glitz and glam.
Two other big hits of Edinburgh Fringe was Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
A masterclass in musicality
In fact, it’s all about the songs. There’s no costuming, set or really any scenes to distract from the melodies. And boy, is it funny. ‘Change the Key’, ‘The Hypochondriac’ and ‘I Love To Sing’ are particular stand outs. So playful and witty – it’s a joy to watch. It must have been just as much fun for Alexander S. Bermange to write.
Any theatre fan will gag at the gags referencing those pesky latecomers and the worst of the worst, audience members who EAT NOISY FOOD. Boo Hiss. Not only that, the sound nods to other big productions like Wicked and Phantom. I felt part of the in jokes. This show is truly for me.
And of course, this wouldn’t be a success without the skilled performances of the actors. They excel at subtle facial expressions but can just as easily play up their movements as well as perform exciting vocal tricks. Exhaustion must hit by the end!
James Hume gives a mature performance complementing Felix Mosse’s gentle tones. Charlotte O-Rourke delivers power where as Charlotte Anne Steen has the swag. Collectively, they sound stunning. Harmonies galore.
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical is a fast paced, well observed and laugh out loud show. It’s a Musical Theatre fans dream.