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Broadway tribute - a triumph

PUBLISHED: 16:02 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 17:26 16 August 2010

THE Miskin Theatre Dance Company s end-of-term tribute to Hollywood movies, entitled On Broadway, was a hugely energised production that showcased

THE Miskin Theatre Dance Company's end-of-term tribute to Hollywood movies, entitled On Broadway, was a hugely energised production that showcased the enormous talents of its single-minded group of young dancers and singers, writes Mark Campbell.

Directed and choreographed by Lindsey O'Malley, Wayne Norris and Sam Wade, the audience was treated to a medley of highly-skilled dance numbers reflecting various styles of music from 1980s electro pop, via jazz funk, to 1950s rock 'n' roll.

The single sheet of paper that listed the dance numbers was sadly bereft of any other details, such as the names of the performers or any of the backstage crew.

But as the whole show was really an ensemble effort, naming individuals would have been pointless as everyone contributed 100 per cent to the evening's success.

A trio of routines from cheesy Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive opened the show in suitably brash style, while 'I'm Here' from The Colour Purple was an altogether more reflective number that showcased vocal talents as well as physical ones.

Phil Collins' Strangers Like Me from Disney's Tarzan saw the group togged out in campy fur-lined costumes as they prowled the stage jungle-style, while A Chorus Line's emotional Surprise, Surprise segued into the haunting gospel tones of The Gods Love Nubia from Verdi's opera Aida, ending the first half in unusual style.

After the interval, a more pumped-up second-half began with the showbizzy anthem On Broadway from Smoky Joe's Café, replete with a bevy of smiling chorus girls attired in gold skin-tight costumes.

The sexiness continued with Peggy Lee's tub-thumping pop hit I'm A Woman (W-O-M-A-N) while the R&B vibe of Dreamgirls (from the 1981 musical of the same name) accompanied a dance routine that was as steamy as it was well executed.

I was disappointed to find that West Side Story's fabulous Latin American jazz number 'America' seemed to be a modern disco version, but it was impossible to find fault with the two Hairspray songs that ended this slick, feelgood revue with just the right amount of lighthearted pastiche.

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