The Sound Of Musicals, BBC1

by | Jan 14, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Presenter Jill Halfpenny started the show by promising “an exciting new look at the world of musical theatre”. We ended the show by vowing never to watch this garbage again.

What was good about it?

• Jill Halfpenny remained natural throughout, if a little uncertain – much better than the usual robotically cheesy light entertainment presenters.

• Laughing at that horribly smug pair David and Carrie Grant as they proved that those who can do; those who can’t teach. They were both excruciating, especially David as he pretended to be a virile youth as he “sang” Summer Nights with Ruthie Henshall.

• John Barrowman’s a nice guy, wasted on interviewing luvvies including ugly chops Andrew Lloyd-Weber about the “magic of musicals” and fellow performers about how incredibly tough it is to sing a song.

• Faye ‘Steps’ Tozer popped up, looking lovely.

What was bad about it?

• Fans of musicals will have hated the razzledazzle-less presentation of lacklustre performances of classic musical numbers. Non-fans certainly won’t be won over.

• Jon Lee is scarily alien-like, just like that awful blonde guy in G4.

• Mica Paris did herself no favours with her forgettable Memory.

• Carrie Grant being pretentious: “I like to find the soul, the meaning of the words” before singing so flat you could have fed her performance through a mangle.

• We hate the song Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better and the version by John Barrowman and Ruthie Henshall was hideous.

Luke Knowles

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