Waterloo East Theatre
13th May to 2nd June 2019
“Bringing sun, songs and ’90s nostalgia, AJN Productions is taking Summer Street – The Hilarious Aussie Soap Opera Musical! out for a spin. This new musical is heading to The Blockhouse to delight Brighton Fringe-goers before transferring to Waterloo East Theatre to bring some sun and fun to London. As four Aussie soap stars try to resurrect their careers, there are hilarious and unexpected consequences – and, of course, plenty of songs to tap your foot to.
With the 30th anniversaries of Neighbours and Home and Away last year, Summer Street provides the perfect opportunity to recapture the glory days of Kylie and Jason and relive the joy of tuning in every week to watch the captivating tales from Down Under. Writer and director Andrew Norris looks back to the ’90s Aussie soap opera scene and brings it to life with this original musical comedy.”
Review by Richard Lambert, 2 Stars
There is a story somewhere in amongst this comedy sketch show. Successful “Aussie” Soap Stars learn they can’t survive in the cut-throat of show biz post Soap Opera days. When the Show’s Producer invites them all back for a Gala Anniversary show they jump at the opportunity and return to the TV Studio.
But unfortunately it was difficult to hear the script through the dodgy Australian accents, the mumbling, the gabbling, and the hoarseness of the cast. Their singing was much better than their dialogue but the songs lacked harmonies and again, like the jokes, have too many repeats of the same.
Although the show credits a choreographer there is a distinct lack of choreography for a musical.
This musical has been in development since 2004 but it still has a way to go.
Cast Julie Clare Steph/Mrs Mingle/Marlene
Myke Cotton Paul/Butch/Brock
Simon Snashall Bruce/Mick/Dr Marl
Sarah-Louise Young Angie/Bobbi/Sheila
Designer Amy Mitchell
Lighting Designer Phil Ellams
Sound Designer Paul Thomas
Choreographer Lauren Chinery