The jukebox musical of Swedish songwriter Max Martin’s hits had its press evening on Wednesday
For once, I am ahead of the curve and uploaded my very own testimonial of & & Juliet last week, providing it 9.5/ 10. Lots of doubters concurred with the analysis adhering to the press night on Wednesday 20th November. Gifting & & Juliet a best 5 stars, WhatsOnStage’s Alex Timber mentioned the musical’s “unquenchable feel-good factor”; while Tim Bano of The Phase (once more a perfect 5 celebrities) dubbed it the “apotheosis” of the jukebox musical. The Independent’s Alexandra Pollard in a four-star review happy into the shoehorning of tracks into the music, complimenting the performers on their earnest dedication to their anachronistic representations. Further four-star evaluations came from the Evening Standard, which kept in mind the outfits as well as the one-of-a-kind specific niche & & Juliet falls into, Break, which commended the anthemic score, and Gregory Robinson of The Guardian noted the message that “bubblegum pop, much from being manufactured filler, is a deserving enhancement to the best of writers”.
A little much less complimentary were testimonials by London Theater, which compared & & Juliet (unjustly, in my sight) to Broadway’s Moulin Rouge, and didn’t enjoy the relentless way in which pop songs were integrated right into David West Read’s book. Michael Billington for The Guardian gave an unsatisfactory 2 celebrities, however likewise appears to do not like jukebox musicals generally, and also refers to May as a cross-dressing individual. So I believe that we can securely examine that Michael Billington has actually lost the plot, as well as likewise entirely missed the point. Why The Guardian would certainly trouble sending out somebody who undoubtedly isn’t mosting likely to delight in something to review it is anyone’s assumption, however I suppose it bumped their audience up with the outrage it has actually caused.
There have been lots of critical praise showered upon & & Juliet, which fills me with expect its continued future– though its high ticket rates do also strike me as a potential downside, particularly thinking about the news of Waitress’ closure previously this week. Fingers went across that the soundtrack, which was launched on Friday, will entice sufficient people ahead and also see the dizzy fever desire that is & & Juliet
&. & Juliet is going for the Shaftesbury Theatre. You can buy tickets here.