Review of the Musical High Society at Wales Millennium Centre
If you’ve ever had the feeling of “I know this song but don’t really know why” – then Wales Millennium Centre is the place to be at the moment.
Venue Cymru Llandudno’s production of ‘High Society’ is one of those musicals which has slowly evolved into popular culture. Robbie Williams’ version of ‘Well, did you evah’, and Elton John & Kiki Dee with their cover of ‘True Love’ back in 1993.
Adapted from the hit 1956 film, which starred screen legends Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. This uplifting and sparkling production proves Porter’s classic musical style and fizzing wit will always be in fashion. But what’s it about?
Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex- husband Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to try and win her back. A further twist arrives in the form of charming reporter Mike Connor who falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer we’re left guessing which groom the bride will choose…
Now, as the hardened critic that I am, it has to be said, I loved it. It’s a nice bit of escapism and maybe a little piece of how innocent life once was. The storyline could quite easily be updated to modern day and star Matthew McConaughey – but as it stands, on its own merits as a musical, it’s a really nice piece and a great way to spend a night at the theatre. The female cast were definitely stronger vocally on all counts.
‘High Society’, what a swell musical it is!
‘High Society’ is at Wales Millennium Centre until Saturday 16th March
Review by Patrick Downes