An inspiring tale with an uninspiring cast, ‘Songs For A New World’ is a moving musical looking at the life events and decisions that shape and break us, from leaving a lover to rekindling an old flame. Portraying 20 different stories through only four actors is a hard task for any theatrical production, but it appears that the four chosen for director Paul Virides’ version were cast mainly for their musical abilities. They all had beautiful, strong singing voices and when teamed with the live on-stage keyboard playing it managed to give you goose bumps despite the uncomfortably sweaty room. The cast managed to draw an occasional laugh from the audience, but this hard-to-follow musical failed to do much else.
C eca, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 8.00pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Rachel Campbell]