Newland is a rare thing- a Fringe musical with a ridiculous premise which more than delivers on its potential. This is a cowboy musical, a great cowboy musical. Adopting a wide variety of song styles, as well as confidently parodying and referring to the common tropes of musical theatre, it stays engrossing, funny and entertaining throughout. Part of this is because of the acting; it’s larger than life, exaggerated, hilarious and perfect for this type of show. Plot wise there’s nothing especially original, but that’s the point, really: being able to predict the ending is half the fun of musicals, and that’s yet another way this show works. It’s also a pretty great western, so if you like either genre, go see it.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 3-25 Aug, 8.15pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Katherine Cunningham]