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Sunday, July 1, 2012
The flip side of Cromer’s end of the pier summer shows sees a change of theme and gear.
Show one - Pride - is a feel-good party celebrating the best of British in Olympics and Jubilee year.
Show two is set in an art gallery and takes the audience on a slightly more genteel journey through art, music and culture.
Using backdrop masterpieces by set designer Ian Westbrook the cast bring alive some classic paintings including Jack Vettriano’s beach dancers and a gaggle of Marilyns from Andy Warhols’ iconic Monroe montage.
There are high energy moments, particularly a tap dancing routine which is as dazzling as the girl’s sequined outfits, and a can can.
But for the most part this is a more sedate show than the first - providing a complete contrast - though seaside audiences anticipating fun rather than fine arts might like to see a bit more of the show’s signature pizazz, which is fizzier after the interval, earlier in the evening.
Some of the magic by likeable headlining frontman Dain Cordean is impressively bewildering, and he teams up well with dafter, in-your-face, comic sidekick Ben Langley - particularly in the slick patter of the three paintings routine.
Hand balancer Karina Grigorieva adds a splash of circus spectacular, singers Rob McVeigh and Sophie Bloom show their versatility through a string of ballads, show and pop songs, and the dancers also impress with a romantic ballet to Cavatina.
After-show chatter revealed that people who had been to both shows enjoyed the first one more. Some of the magic in show two involved escaping from chains, and I was left wondering if the show was at times struggling to escape the bonds of its theme.
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