Chester Le Street Amateur Operatic Society
Park View Theatre.
6th November 2012
Sugar is the musical theatre adaptation of the screenplay 'Some Like It Hot' - made famous of course in 1959 by Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.
Charting the story of Joe (Graeme Smith) and Jerry (Peter Archer), two out of favour musicians trawling their trade in downtown Chicago. Favour doesn't come their way easy when sent on a mission, they become witnesses to the St Valentine massacre carried out by Spats Pallazzo (Steve Laws) and his henchmen. Managing to flee the scene and having to look over their shoulder at every twist and turn, the two, further manage to instill confusion into their lives by dressing as women and joining an all female band on their way to Miami.
Whilst on this journey they both meet and fall slightly in love with Sugar Kane (Amy Smith). Trying hard to suppress their feelings for her, they become embroiled in high jinks, further anti cross dressing and a whole load of matchmaking.
With the gangsters never far away on their trail the trio sing, dance and love their cares away.
Some like It Hot is one of my favourite films, so seeing it as a musical, was quite strange and somewhat disappointing.
The play has a great premise, but nothing really grabbed me by the throat and shook me into excitement. It wasn't just the transition between screenplay to stage, unfortunately some of the acting, singing and dancing, were just a bit always out of step, a bit rough around the edges! If this was a Geordie/North East version of Sugar then it would have scored 10/10 from me, as the accents were pretty dodgy to say the least.
The voice projection of the actors were a bit limiting too, with the orchestra at times drowning out the dialogue.
Michael and Amy for me were the only highlights of the show with their presence on stage. On 'What Do You Give Who Has Everything' their singing voices were like little gold nuggets.
Maybe first night nerves caught up with the cast. This should have been dazzling and sparkly, but it just wasn't, of course this is my opinion, the sizeable audience clapped in an all the right places, and cheered loudly on a very overly long final bow for their favourite actor.
Produced by Marjorie Bolam, Choreographed by Pam Johnston, with Musical Directorship coming from Colin Galley.
Sugar runs until Saturday 10th November.