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Review: HATS at Harlow Playhouse: Heaven is a place at the Show Will Go On!

Entertainment / Fri 1st Mar 2024 at 02:13pm

ON the last two occasions that HATS has presented a show based on musical numbers, the production/presentation has been very faithful, some would say traditional. They were still excellent shows.

The Show Will Go On, The Jukebox Edition was a complete and very welcome departure.

This show was so energetic, so imaginative and so professional that the two hours just flowed by.

Musical shows such as this are very brave. There is no hiding place, no cameo roles and support acts.

Many try to do this type of show but fall short.

But from the get-go with the Moulin Rouge medley, this version of HATS had the crowd whooping and clapping.

There were a number of numbers that they really made their own. Heaven is a Place on Earth was so “out there”, so raunchy and such good fun dominated by a stellar performance by Abbie Martin.

Just after that, there was a very touching stripped down version of It Must Be Love perfoanced with a lovely light touch by Emma Brookes and Brad Boxall.

If we had time, we would love to go through each number. It was that good, that to leave some out is a bit of a travesty.

A singer such as Luke O’Keefe had a very gentle but distinctive presence, whether it was Fly Me to the Moon or his ensemble singing.

One of the stand out singers was Morgan Robertson. Her rendition of Just Like Jesse James, showed, in our opinion that she had a great country voice. Morgan was outstanding throughout.

Two other whole ensemble numbers that we were impressed by were the Four Seasons medley and Does Your Mother Know. In our opinion, this group are made to do a main stage version of Mamma Mia. Just saying!

There are some singers and performers that we are now getting used to as so reliable. Ella Brady and James Kenneth being two who come to mind.

You have to admire that the dedication out there on stage. These are all people holding down jobs and/or family commitments.

There was well over twenty numbers here. It was a seamless procession of outstanding, singing and dancing. It was performed with style, grace, pizazz and a smile on their faces.

You could also tell that this was a group working for each other.

We feel that there is a younger breed of performer at HATS and other groups that make for an exciting future.

There is so much potential, talent and enthusiasm.

Well done to first time director, Cara Bentley, and her team of Katie, Mark and Panny. This was so tighy directed and each number had a life of its own.

The show is sold out on Friday and Saturday.We are not surprised.

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3 Comments for Review: HATS at Harlow Playhouse: Heaven is a place at the Show Will Go On!:

Jean Parker
2024-03-01 19:33:31

I was at opening night, it was amazing, fast moving professional show from a very talented cast. Cara as Director and Katie Parker choreographer make an excellent team. The hard work and committment shows in the performances. The best HATS show so far. Well done everyone, enjoyed every minute.

Jean
2024-03-01 19:37:42

I was at opening night, it was amazing, fast moving professional show from a very talented cast. Cara as Director and Katie Parker choreographer make an excellent team. The hard work and committment shows in the performances. The best HATS show so far. Well done everyone, enjoyed every minute.

Mazzy
2024-03-01 23:13:34

I was there on opening night. It was a brilliant show once again.

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