‘[Title Of Show]’ (Trigger Theatre) | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Trigger Theatre present their debut production, a digital version of the Tony nominated musical ‘[Title of Show]’. This brand-new production of the hit musical, can be seen as of 7pm on Friday 25th June till 7pm on Sunday 27th June.

‘[Title of Show]’ is a musical that chronicles its own creation from inception to opening night on Broadway – in other words, it’s a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Andrew Gardiner is outstanding as Hunter. His comic timing and fabulous presence as the writer radiates energy. Andrew’s voice is stunning. His dynamic range makes his delivery of the complex numbers seamless. Also, his cameo as ‘an original musical’ is hysterical, there’s guaranteed laughs. 
Steven McFeat as Jeff supplies us charm, talent and a voice of reason in the madness. Steven supplies pazazz and great vocals. His slight portrayal of Jeff translates the character superbly to screen. 
Rebecca Drever as Heidi and Rachel Anderson as Susan both supply superb vocals, hysterical costume changes and hilarious comical sequences. Both of these actresses have the range and talent to be future leading ladies in the UK (and possibly Broadway). 
Diane C. Peet also cameos as the absolute queen that is Mary, her comic timing and physical comedy lands Mary’s farcical appearances perfectly. 
The only issue with some of the cast’s portrayals is that the American accents do drop heavily at times which takes away the legitimacy of the setting. 
The direction of this production by Ellie Higgins brings a very contemporary and creative spin on this musical which is renowned for being an off-broadway hit. The direction style could be compared to television shows such as ‘Staged’ or ‘The Office’, which really suits this musical’s narrative. 
Hunter Bell’s Book and Jeff Bowen’s Music & Lyrics are quirky, creative, funny and fabulous. I don’t want to be a ‘vampire’ here however, it is clear the musical is of it’s time and setting, so bringing this production to a 2021 Scottish audience does at some points fail to resonate. There are some well executed updates, but you can’t help but feel with this talented cast and director, they are capable of creating an original musical commenting/spoofing on the musical theatre industry within the UK. 
Overall, ‘[Title of Show]’ is a fabulous digital production which is purposely designed for musical lovers. This is a passion project produced by a superb cast and director, who clearly show their love for this show in their performances and vision. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Tickets Available here – www.ticketsource.co.uk/titleofshow

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