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Company The Musical review

Its no secret we love going to Grand Opera House to see a show or musical when we can, so when I heard the renowned and ground-breaking Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Company The Musical was coming to Belfast, we had to go!

While Bobby’s friends are married, Bobby, the only bachelor, is turning 35 and trying to decide if he should get married. Under pressure from his friends and three very different girlfriends, which one will the New Yorker choose, if any?

The Musical is based on normal everyday relationships and the pressures they face, which means there is someone that everyone in the audience can relate to. It’s an hilarious journey of self-discovery for Bobby as he watches the ways in which his friends survive marriage. From a Karate kicking wife to the divorced couple who are still together Bobby is left wondering is marriage really for him! Filled with singalong tracks and witty observations the musical comedy will have you laughing from start to end.

Andrew Robinson’s 12-piece orchestra were behind a clear backdrop on stage providing the amazing music throughout the show. With Graphics on the large LED screen filling the stage and the sounds effects of the city throughout, made the perfect set.

Making his leading musical theatre debut, Mark Tilly, played Robert/Bobby to expert level with great acting and singing. Laura Kerr’s cameo as a priest had the whole audience laughing. Kelly Brown played Joanne who is outspoken, honest with a lovable and loyal husband has an amazing voice and great stage presence. Louise Fahey played one bobby’s girlfriends, a bimbo air hostess stole the show with the hilarious bedroom scene with bobby. At just 18, Katie Shortt played another of Bobby’s three girlfriends. She perfected her accent and had a fantastic stage presence.  We can’t forget about the children from JH Academy of performing Arts who made an appearance onstage.

With brilliantly choreographed routines and catchy songs this ‘non-professional’ show is on power with most professional shows. A Musical Comedy not to be missed, it’s a must see while you have the chance!

Company The Musical is showing at Grand Opera House Belfast from 1st May -4th May (click here to book your tickets). With tickets costing as little as £21.25 it makes for a great inexpensive evening out.

Tickets were gifted but all views are my own.

Jayne x

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