Sunday, 8 July 2018

Fringe Review: Andy Warhol Musical: In Rehearsal

                                                                                                                           Philip Cairns

Andy Warhol Musical: In Rehearsal is a fast paced, sassy, smart new play with a powerhouse cast of uber-talented singer-dancers. We learn all about the artsy crowd in New York City in the 1960s with artist Andy Warhol and his Silver Factory as the centrepiece. There is an amazing cast of characters swirling around Warhol: drag queens, underground film actors, wannabes, hangers-on, rich kids slumming and lots of sexy gay men.

The dancing and singing are incredible. I hate to single out any of the cast because they were all so good but Jewelle Blackman blew the roof off with her voice and Devin Chin-Cheong danced like a beautiful angel. There is a lot of expository storytelling but the piece is always interesting and lively. Vinetta Strombergs has written an excellent script and Robert Swerdlow’s music is gorgeous. The sensual, athletic choreography by Gino Berti is aided by striking, vivid projections by Jim Plaxton. I had a great time watching as everyone gave their all in this production. Go see it and enjoy!

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