Showstopper! The Improvised Musical @ The Pleasance Courtyard (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015) Review
The queue begins forming for the Pleasance Upstairs nearly 40 minutes before Showstoppers is due to start, with an exciting buzz of theatregoers old and young, tall and short, quirky and… normal. We enter to a tuneful entourage of a three piece band, musically directed by the more-than-capable hands of Duncan Walsh Atkins, whilst our soon-to-be narrator Sean McCann meanders around the modernistic red framed scenery, taking in his surroundings, commanding both the stage and the auditorium from the minute we enters.
The show begins with a phone call from Cameron Mackintosh demanding we create a new musical in the space of 70 minutes. Mission accepted! McCann, comedically and with ease, plucks ideas from the willing audience for the setting, the title and the musical genre. He returns Mr Mackintosh’s call before announcing the start of our new show, “Let’s get Battered”, a musical based in a late night Fast Food Joint. At which point the six incredibly talented Showstoppers open with a huge musical number, in the style of Sweeney Todd, set in Guiseppe’s late night Fish & Chip shop.