Oh! What a Night

CAROLINE CULOT Norwich Theatre Royal


Well, if there was ever a show to make you feel like dancing, this is it. From Disco Inferno, Car Wash, Play that Funky Music to a show-stopping YMCA, this show was a dynamite homage to the music of the 1970s.

From the John Travolta white suit to the Afro hairdos and of course the ridiculous flares, it's all there led by the king of cool himself, Kid Creole.

The show, which came to Norwich last year with Sheila Ferguson of The Three Degrees in the female lead role, has a loose plot but basically it's just a great excuse to revive the spirit of disco music.

Its cast has to be one of the most electrically charged and energetic around. They don't dance, they fly around the stage in an endless display of breathtaking choreography.

No one gives less than 200pc right to the end and as a result they last night transformed a quiet, reserved Monday night audience into a heaving crowd clapping, dancing and yelling for more.

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Creole created the role of nightclub owner Brutus T Firefly and so it is wonderful to see him perform it. In a Samuel L Jackson kind of way, Creole is just so laid back, so understated.

And it's worth a look just for his suits! Hazel Payne (who had a hit with Boogie Oogie Oogie with band A Taste of Honey) also excels with a fabulous voice and again does not try to be the big star, stealing the limelight.

But the show would be nothing without the cast of dancers and for me, Lucy Miller as Cat was simply outstanding. OK, it always helps if you get to wear the skin-tight leopard print cat-suit, but she just oozes vitality and sex appeal.

Just as hot is her muscle-bound partner JT (Lewis Davies) who has the perfect six-or maybe even 16-pack, and boy can he dance. It's unfair really to pick anyone out because all excel, all do so much more than you expect.

It all ends with dancing in the aisles and everyone goes home humming a number of disco tunes. Oh, and yes, a rummage in the wardrobe for those platforms. Ah! It's perfect. Don't miss it.

t Oh! What a Night runs until Saturday February 7, with tickets still available. Box office 01603 630000.