Bel-Ami

Theatre, West End
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A new musical adapted from the novel by Guy de Maupassant by Alex Loveless. This contemporary adaptation has George Dury becoming editor of the celebrity gossip column as he blackmails and seduces his way through British society. Staged by final year students from the London College of Music's BA Musical Theatre course.

 

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Do yourself a favour and see this brilliant, biting 21st century update of 'Bel-Ami'. Stylish, provocative and witty, this is a musical for our media-saturated times. With an original and eclectic book and score (and a couple of numbers you'll be humming on the way out), Loveless has managed to stay faithful to the spirit of his source without pulling any of the side-swipes at contemporary celebrity culture and political sleaze. The whole creative team deserves the warmest applause, as do the student performers, a number of whom seem sure to have long careers in the West End.


I had the good fortune to be able to see this show twice last week in the previews and I must say the quality of their work was far beyond that of amateur students the whole cast gave a professional show. I was not familiar with the novel Bel-Ami on which the musical is based, but found it to be thought provoking, comical, racey in parts, the music and singing was powerful and the choreography kept you on your toes throughout. All in all it was a very entertaining evening!