BIG: The Musical, The Dominion Theatre - ★★★★ - Until November 2, 2019


BIG takes us back to the musicals of another time. It fills the stage with some great production numbers: dazzling choreography and belt-it-out singing. This is a lush and over the top show that brings back warm memories of the original film and introduces new life to the great piano dancing sequence. The story is a basic riff on the old adage "be careful what you wish for." When Josh Baskin's wish comes true, he becomes a thirteen year old boy trapped in an adult body. While this can have some advantages like getting a job at a toy company, it also comes with complications, some of which were a little awkward for the audience as well, like the love story with Susan. While all of the cast is strong and the singing and dancing of young Josh and his friends were quite wonderful, the evening belonged to Jay McGuiness as Big Josh. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Kimberley Walsh showed real star power as Susan, lost until Josh gives her his compass ring. We also thought Wendi Peters as Mrs Baskin and as Matthew Kelly as George MacMillan were stand-outs. The sets and costumes are spectacular! For good old-time musical fun, go BIG.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until November 2, 2019
Mon - Sat: 7:30 pm, Thu & Sat: 2:30 pm
The Dominion Theatre
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road
https://www.bigthemusical.co.uk

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