The greatest thing about ‘Wild West End’ is that it parodies aspects of almost every well-known musical, and yet is totally and wittily self-deprecating, aware that the storyline is very patchy, and making a joke of it. A collection of well-sung hits with original lyrics, the story follows Jackie, a rather effeminate young man who tries to write a musical, encountering the help of renowned characters not quite as we know them, like the Lizard of Oz, a very camp Phantom of the Opera, and a rather sexualised Dorothy. A perfect mix of energetic, audacious and absurd, it is the infectious enthusiasm and utter nuttiness of the versatile cast which really brings the humour of this musical theatre satire to life.
Pleasance Dome, 4-27 Aug, 6.50pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Grace Hardy]