Dec 3rd, 2012
Great night out: for Whitney fans young and older. Just don't be tempted to sing along during the songs, unless you want to upset fellow patrons.
Recommend to friends: a great night out for the ladies and loved-up couples alike. Just be sure to stay after the curtain calls for an extra treat!
Best bit: The karaoke bar scene where Frank sings that song.
Morning after effect: practicing the "fist of passion" (clenching of the fist whilst singing a powerful love song)
It's hard to believe that only in February 2012, the star of the original film, Whitney Houston died. Before any accusations fly around of profiteering, let me point out that this show has been six years in the making.
It is chock-full of her songs that made the film as memorable as it is today, but fit well into the overall narrative well, without halting it. The show has also been given a flawless Noughties update - smart phones make an appearance, whilst the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and emails are referenced throughout, making it a truly timeless story that could be reimagined in 50 years' time.
The imaginative use of set walls for iris wipes allows the actors to move between scenes seamlessly. At the start you are treated to a full-on concert experience that Lady Gaga would be jealous of, including pyrotechnics and raised platforms. The biggest gasp of the evening was for Frank's revolving house in the country - how on earth did they get it onto the stage?!
Slow motion lighting used for the high-drama scenes involving Frank, Rachel and her stalker, heightening the tension. The show also employed an imaginative use of video projection to denote off-stage action, including a thrilling chase through the woods in pursuit of Rachel's stalker.
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