The Showstoppers' Improvised Musical

Showstopper Productions and Festival Highlights

Gilded Balloon Teviot

From 02 August 2013 to 25 August 2013

Rating: *****

Review by Amy Yorston

Audiences flock again and again to The Showstoppers' Improvised Musical for an evening of hilarious entertainment and impressive skill.

Like all good improvisation pieces, Showstoppers is a show to be enjoyed on two levels. There is of course the unfolding story but there is also the teamwork taking place on the stage. In this instance it’s a case of consolidating three sets of skills as the show features a director (who interacts with the audience and steers the direction of the show), the cast and the incredible musicians.

For our performance, the musical styles of ABBA, Tim Minchin, Into The Woods and In The Heights were suggested along with a setting of Concorde and a jungle. The resulting show was entitled ‘In The Jungle, The Flighty Jungle’ as the audience decided that Concorde had crash-landed in this generic jungle.

Whilst all of the songs were rousing, it is the ABBA tribute "We’ve all got BBBBBBBBagaage"(sung by the baggage handlers) that I still can’t get out of my head. The R&B inspired sexy scene was also a highlight in which the cast demonstrated their versatility outside the classic musical theatre genre.

It doesn’t matter how many times you see this fantastic troupe as with a different musical every night (and also slight cast rotation), the experience is always uplifting and fresh. The Showstoppers are a jaw-droppingly good company whose wit and creativity will leave you smitten with improv and remind you why live theatre is so remarkable.