A Sentimental Journey - the story of Doris Day
The Mill at Sonning
C Chambers Street
This delightful musical is the story of the most prolific actress of the 1950s and 60s. Doris Day was an effervescent blonde, America's sweetheart, who could sing and dance and became one of the biggest box office stars in the world.
Her endearing story is told by a spirited cast, who were a joy to watch. Sally Hughes plays the exuberant clean-cut Doris who wanted to be a dancer but, following a car accident at thirteen, had to follow a singing career instead.
Her marriage to her abusive jealous and psychopathic bully Al Jordan ended in divorce. She had many more marriages, each ending in disaster.
This personal storyline is charmingly linked by the Doris Day hits played by a live on stage band. The Deadwood Stage number with a stagecoach processing through the audience was great fun.
Connor Michael Sheridan was excellent as Day's son who narrated much of the piece.
Nick Waring, Elizabeth Elvin and Tom Sellwood play all the other parts in Doris day's world with a touch of savoir-faire.
With some superb choreography (Joseph Pitcher) and assured direction by Alvin Rakoff this was one Sentimental Journey that the audience were more than happy to travel. A cracking show.
Reviewer: Robin Strapp