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Miracle on 34th Street – Live Musical Radio Play (Susan Elkin reviews)

Miracle on 34th Street – A Live Musical Radio Play continues at the Bridge House Theatre, London until 23 December.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

This clever show takes us to a radio studio in 1947 where six actors and their narrator accompanist are performing a musical play.

That means that we can enjoy the fun of the impressively versatile Jamie Ross doing sound effects – such as pouring liquid and closing doors – from his keyboard. That’s when he’s not intoning intros in gloriously strangled 1940s RP.

Often he talks and plays piano accompaniments at the same time. And he sings to thicken up some of the ensemble numbers too.

The play within a play is about a kindly, elderly chap (Richard Albrecht who doesn’t sing …

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review http://musicaltheatrereview.com/miracle-on-34th-street-a-live-musical-radio-play-bridge-house-theatre/

 

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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