Review: Strictly Gershwin
Derek Deane’s ‘Strictly Gershwin’ at The Royal Albert Hall – is an altogether bigger and better version of the sell out 2008 production, and with only 13 performances from Thursday 9 June – Saturday 19 June it is guaranteed to be one of the hottest tickets in London. Review by Rebecca McWattie.
The 50-piece jazz orchestra along with triple Olivier Award-winning Maria Friedman delighted with Gershwin’s most popular hits including ‘The Man I Love’ and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’. ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ – Gershwin’s first classical piece was brought to life by the Royal Ballet performers with breathtaking choreography. Other sequences included tap and ballroom, all danced in the round of The Royal Albert Hall.
The majesty of the environment lends itself perfectly to the beauty of both the music and dancing, not to mention the Swarovski studded costumes designed by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. You don’t have to be a music or dance connoisseur to appreciate ‘Strictly Gershwin’ – you just have to have a romantic heart. Royal Ballet star Tamara Rojo was magnificent and the tap performances by Douglas Mills and Paul Robinson are especially memorable – recapturing the golden age and glamour of Broadway.
This night is homage to one of the greatest modern composers and some of the greatest music of the 20th Century. ‘Strictly Gershwin’ is a spectacular experience not to be missed with the Strike Up The Band sequence, complete with roller skating Uncle Sams and performers on bicycles, perfectly capturing the spirit of the Gershwin brother’s musicality.
9-19 June 2011