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Love Shack Review

Published on March 2nd 2005.


Oh What A Night! – wrong musical there, but it’s a good way to describe the world premiere of Love Shack at the Palace.

Dragging Gordo along for a star-studded night packed solid full of 35 poptastic songs was hard work. The big man grumbled to start with, shuffled in his seat as we sat down, grumbled again, then saw the girls take the stage and perked up a bit. By the end of the all singing, all dancing show, he was on his feet with the rest of the Palace Theatre clapping along ex-popsters Jon Lee (S Club 7), Faye Tozer (Steps), and star of the show Noel Sullivan (Hear’Say). The latter showed enough charisma, and dare we say it - talent, to suggest he should have gone straight into the stage life instead of the ill-fated pop band.

Lee plays Sam, who’s preparing to marry girlfriend of six years, Joanne (Natalie O’Donnell). Noel Sullivan plays Will, Sam’s best mate who’s responsible for organising the stag do, while Faye Tozer plays Bonnie, one of Joanne’s best friends.

The headlining threesome are backed up by the willing and able characters of the gorgeous AJ (Rachael Wooding), the extremely light on his feet Julian and the black postman, prone to spurting out Barry White vocals every time the door is opened.

Love Shack is unashamedly good fun, and while the story is by no means taxing, the whole production is easy on the eyes and ears as every opportunity is grasped to pump out a disco tune, or chuck in a cheap gag that can be chuckled at if not raucously so.

Particular highlights are the stag and hen nights the guys and gals head off to shortly after confirming their wedding. The gals pick off some unsuspecting mannequins for an ‘It’s Raining Men’ routine. Gordo averted his eyes when the male models began dancing around in their undercrackers.

Moments later and the guys were falling out of their nightclub for a rendition of ELO’s Telephone Line, the main highlight of the night for us.

If super-cheese doesn’t grate you, then you’ll love this flamboyant, unpretentious production that does exactly what it says on the tin, particular for the Friday night crowd.

In conclusion, Gordo, Faye (Big), Coby and Tim join hands at the front of stage, take a bow and say: "It's a Gordo go!"

Love Shack is on at The Palace Theatre from now until 5th March

The Palace Theatre
Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 6FT
Book your tickets via Ticketmaster on: 0870 401 3000

The Winners

Congratulations to our list of winners who received tickets for their winning entries. And the winners were (and if they owned a Love Shack, they would………….) :

Carl Wright – “……never come out!!!”

Rebecca Jones – “…..have folks lining up outside just to get down!”

Karen Simmons – “…..share it with you!”

Jody Appleton - “….Hire it out as an alternative to car parks for people who partake in Dogging. I feel there is a definite gap in the market there.”

Paul Davis – “…..'Club' together with my mate's' and take 'steps' to get get everyone over 'here' by 'say' '7'pm to get the party started”

Jeanette Jenkins – ...."have the time of my life" and "get down on it" with Noel to all those great funky tunes of yester year, but don't take my word for that - it's just hearsay!! ;0)”

Tina Marshall – Lever – ”…Invite all my friends and have a big 'Love shack' party with heart shaped cakes, pizza etc. all the decor would be ready for lovvvvvvve!”

Leanne McEntee - “……make sure that everyone knew that it'd be the best place to be for a night of laughs, love, fun, passion, music, entertainment with the greatest atmosphere where no one could be un happy as they wouldn’t be able not to enjoy them selves and leave with a smile on face.”

Leah Babb - ”…..dance to the music of love until the shack could shake no more!!”

Emma Halpin – ”….have sexy waiters serving pink champagne!”

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