REVIEW: The Theatre Channel Episode 6

Brian Butler June 13, 2021

Adam Blanshay Productions and the Theatre Cafe have come up trumps on their latest episode of the streamed Theatre Channel. Set in and around the cafe in the heart of Theatreland, director Thom Sutherland has presented another galaxy of stars in an episode dedicated to showstoppers.

But this time, there’s the added bonus of an in-depth look behind the scenes at the musical A Chorus  Line, including interviews with two people associated with its original production and superstar Antonio Banderas talking about his all-Spanish version which  is set for Broadway when it re-opens.

Jack Martin and the Cafe 5 kick us off with the energetic There’s No Business Like Show Business, and its topical plea: “ let’s go on with the show”.  Danny Mac is equally energetic in Moving Too Fast from the show The Last 5 Years, – it’s rocking and bluesy and flying on full power.

For me the singing highlight of this edition  is Jamie the Musical star Layton Williams , in drag ,  singing to an older man Hold Me In Your Heart from Kinky Boots. It’s a stunning version. Sisters Jade and Amber Davies give us two numbers from Sideshow – Who Will  Love Me As I Am ? And I Will Never Leave  You – haunting, wonderfully uplifting stuff.


Kerry Ellis gives us Always Starting  Over from If/Then –  a bitter lament about a past lover and a new life – moodily  filmed around the churchyard in Covent Garden. Katie Deacon sings and dances her heart out in The Music And The Mirror,  which segues  nicely into a long  look back at A Chorus  Line. There’s intriguing chat from original cast member and director’s assistant Baayork Lee and from producer John Breglio about  the musical’s origins and production clips and an interview with superstar Antonio Banderas ,  whose first-ever Spanish-speaking version of the show took Malaga and Barcelona by storm before lockdown and is slated  for Broadway soon.

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