Bromance: The Dudesical Cast
Cellen Chugg Jones as Tom
Joshua Gannon as Marty
Richard J Hunt as Harry
Robbie Smith as Dick
Esme Laudat as all the female rolesCreatives
Author: Michael Ian Walker
Composer: Kyle Ewalt
Lyricist: Michael Ian Walker and Kyle Ewalt
Director: Sarah Redmond
Set designer: Daniel Gillingwater
Musical direction: Andy Smith
Lighting: Kim Hollamby
Production: Daisy Smith in association with Max Barraclough
Bromance: The Dudesical Critics & Reviews
Bromance: The Dudesical – The Other Palace***
Director Sarah Redmond and producers Daisy Smith (for How Very Productions) and Max Barraclough have assembled a talented cast of five for the London premiere of Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker’s musical Bromance: The Dudesical.
We are introduced to three long-time friends – Bros, Dick (Robbie Smith), Tom (Cellen Chugg Jones) and Harry (Richard J Hunt). They hang out together, they drink together and their existence is intertwined. This is real friendship – this is Guyville.
Enter Marty (Joshua Gannon), a newcomer to Chicago. Rather nerdy and totally friendless until he forms an unlikely relationship with Dick. Tom and Harry are naturally jealous that an outsider has muscled in and things begin to change.
Bromance is about ‘straight’ male friendship, bonding and having fun. Boys being boys. Gannon convincingly demonstrates Marty’s journey from friendless geek to Bro. Smith brilliantly portrays the rather feckless Dick; Jones gives an energetic and rather charming performance as Tom who is engaged to the rather dominating Colleen, one of several female roles effectively played by Esme Laudat. Hunt is impressive as Harry and delivers two outstanding numbers, ‘Chilli Cheese Fries’ and the rather moving ‘Heartburn’. The energetic and hard-working cast deliver 100%.
Redmond has done a good job making this fast-paced show work in such a confined space. The four-piece band led by musical director Andy Smith with Lewis Turner, Rob Levy and Gary Cubberley were first class.
It is always refreshing to see new work and one must applaud Smith and Barraclough for bringing this to the UK.
On press night the sound balance was not always adequate and often the spoken word was inaudible. No doubt Redmond will sort this during the run.
The biggest problem for this production is identifying its audience. The press release states Bromance will convert even the most die-hard of ‘dudes’ to musical theatre but that is unlikely. The characters are uncouth and you don’t really warm to them, so towards the end of the show when the relationships are crumbling you feel very little for them.
You can’t imagine British men enjoying the same intimacy with their mates and you can’t imagine women finding these boys appealing in any shape or form. However, as a piece of entertainment, it is a reasonably fun night and it may pick up a cult following – it will be interesting to see what happens to this show in the future.
By : Helena Howard
Ref Link :Musical Theatre Review
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:12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA
Formerly the St. James Theatre, The Other Palace will officially open its doors in February 2017, and will be a home and breeding ground for musicals at various stages of development. The Other Palace will focus on four key areas: programming, creative use of spaces, musical theatre development and audience engagement.
The main theatre will be the heart of The Other Palace, where the programme will consist of full productions, work in progress productions and festivals of new work. By day the studio will be available for composers, librettists, lyricists, directors and choreographers to discover and create new material. By night the space will build on the current St. James Studio model to offer a diverse programme including cabaret, music, musical theatre and crossover acts. A series of unique platforming opportunities for musical theatre in development will also be introduced in the studio; further details will be announced in due course. The theatre will feature an open mic bar in the hope that it becomes a genuine hub for anyone interested in the musical.Access
The Other Palace is fully accessible, with wheelchair access available to auditoriums, our bar and The Other Naughty Piglet. We offer half-price tickets for access patrons and a companion on selected price bands.Theatre
Wheelchair seats and step-free access is back row only in the Theatre. Please note that the auditorium does have a fairly steep rake and we would recommend those that have difficulty walking/mobility issues to sit towards the rear of the auditorium (Rows M&N)
We have a Sennheiser infrared hearing system in operation in the Theatre with two types of hearing devices available to customers. Headphones that amplify the sound or a necklace loop that can work in conjunction with your hearing aid.Studio
Our Studio is unreserved seating but our Box Office are happy to help reserve a space to suit your needs. Please note that we do not have a hearing system in place in the studio.
The theatre does not have its own disabled parking, however there is one bay situated on Palace Street.
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium and staff can dog sit by prior arrangement. Please inform the box office at the time of booking.Facilities At The Other Palace
Infrared hearing loop
Nearest tube: Victoria
Tube lines: Victoria, District, Circle
Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Victoria
Bus numbers: Routes 16, 38, 52, 73, 82, 42, 148 all pass near the theatre
Night bus numbers: Victoria Bus Station) 24, 36, 148, C2, N2, N11, N16, N38, N44, N52, N73, N136
Car park: Eccleston Bridge Road
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