Three To See 2015: New Musicals
By Caro Moses | Published on Friday 31 July 2015
Putting the spotlight on the musical Fringe, ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses tips three new musical shows.
Ushers: The Front of House Musical (pictured)
There are always loads of productions of old favourites at the Fringe, so I like to try and pick out some of the new musicals making their way to the Scottish capital at this time of year. This one, which has already won significant critical acclaim down south, focuses, as you might perhaps expect from that title, on a period in the lives of a group of theatre front of house staff. Sounds fun.
Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, from 5 until 30 Aug
The blurb sounds a little kooky – “A quartet of penguins and a trio of parrots sing and dance, dazzling and delighting their audiences, night after night in this one of a kind, all avian revue. But when the show’s temperamental cracker-crazed macaw star mysteriously goes missing, it threatens to close down the show for good” – but this show has an extremely promising pedigree; writer Robert J Sherman comes from a family of renowned songwriters – his father and uncle being The Sherman Brothers, who did film scores for ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Artistocrats’. I feel as though very little could go wrong with this one.
Pleasance Courtyard, from 5 until 31 Aug
Under The Ground
This is a new musical brought to you by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who have a habit of turning up at the festival every year with super duper shows. ‘Under The Ground’ is about a girl facing her demons during the course of a seemingly simple journey on the Glasgow Underground. Expect good things.
Assembly Checkpoint, from 7 until 31 Aug
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