Return of ‘Gotta Sing Gotta Dance’ is like welcoming an old friend

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance - Chris Jordan Productions - Devonshire Park Theatre - August 2013

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance - Chris Jordan Productions - Devonshire Park Theatre - August 2013

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When Eastbourne Theatres in-house production of ‘Gotta Sing Gotta Dance’ returns to the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne it is like welcoming an old friend.

No matter how many times you see the show directed by Eastbourne Theatres Artistic Director, Chris Jordan, it is always fresh and hugely enjoyable and you never get tired of seeing it.

Running until August 24 it is a tribute to the greatest musicals ever written and they are covered by a cast of just six people, three men and three women who have untiring energy and great talent.

The highlight is always a representation of every musical currently being performed in London’s West End in just three minutes and the audience have a large digital clock displayed so they can see the count-down.

How they do it is quite amazing.

There is one song in the first half that does not come from a musical but it is so amusing and enjoyable it has to be included.

Lucinda Lawrence sings Taylor the Latte Boy about the love of her life the boy who works in Starbucks in the first half. For the first time Chris has added Taylor’s reply in the second half which is very funny.

Another new addition to this year’s show is Marilyn Monroe and ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ from Blood Brothers and when Rebecca Lisewski sang ‘Tell me It’s Not True’ you could feel the hairs on the back of your neck rise, it is so emotional.

The talented cast richly deserved the cheers they got at the end and if you have a chance,even if you have seen the show before,do go and see it. This is the best yet.

By Amanda Wilkins