Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Theatre, Musicals
Recommended
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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A full-length, hilarious musical conjured from audience suggestions

The unstoppable 'Showstopper!' is back in 2018 for more improv-based musical theatre larks, this time at The Other Palace Theatre until February, in a run that includes the troupe's 1000th performance. The cast dream up a brand new show each night, based on audience suggestions, and throwing up giggle-worthy riffs on musical theatre traditions and surreal narrative twists. 

Read our review of the 2015 run of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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I missed this in London during the summer and was disappointed to do so as I'd heard good things......then, whilst in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, I was delighted to see they were on! So alongside three of my friends, I queued excitedly for the show and we packed into a ridiculously hot auditorium (Scotland isn't used to heat!).

Our discomfort was immediately forgotten the moment the show started.......at first it was the comradery, as the 'producer' starts to engage the audience, asking for themes, styles and so on to be voted on (by cheers)........would someone with a louder voice than me shout out my favourite - Phantom of the Opera?  (Yes they did, by the way, hoorah). Would they choose the setting of 'a camp site', 'the mountains' or 'carnival'. What would the dance style be?

Then it was the anticipation......how would they open the show...? How would a show about a carnival encompass a Matilda element to it? After that it was simply fits and fits of giggles as the story unfolded, the songs were sung, dances started and line after line was improvised just wonderfully. Every now and then they over-spoke each other, fudged a line or two and forgot character names, but that simply added to the charm of it all.

Of course there is a magic formula to improv - there was even a workshop that week at the Fringe discussing how it's all done - so a cynic could think it's all decided up front. But the fact remains, whatever the magic formula, there is no set script, the songs, dances and storyline are cleverly executed in the style that the audience chooses that very day and the comic timing and confidence of the performers is just brilliant.  I am now truly excited to see it again in London and see what they do differently. May the show go on and on.......