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Son Of A Preacher Man At The Kings

Author: annahowelll Published: 28th February 2018 10:31

 Last night saw the touring production of Son Of A Preacher Man open at the Kings in very impressive style.

Set against the soundtrack of the amazing Dusty Springfield, Son Of A Preacher Man, whilst telling an endearing story of discovery throughout the ages with an almost Back to the Future essence, is more than a typical feel-good popcorn musical on so many levels.

The first thing that will surprise you is how small the cast is, and how multi-talented each and every member of it is, so much so I didn't even realise how few people were juggling this entire production between them till they took their bows at the end!

Every person on stage posed at least a double threat, and in some cases a triple and quadruple one as some of the actors, who were already taking on multiple roles, joined in with the live orchestra on stage playing instruments between singing and dancing.

The dancing was another wow factor from this production. Obviously this story is based around the hits of Dusty Springfield so you can expect to see much swinging to her most popular tunes, but there was also a very clever contemporary feel to the show at times as it slowed down the music and told part of the story through very beautiful and expressive dance which truly captivated the audience, and which really was a treat to behold - a truly magnificent example of the creative genius behind the choreography, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood!

The cast, lead by former Hollyoaks actress Alice Barlow and former Coronation Street & Bad Girls star Deborah Stephenson, were on fire! Considering the amount of role swapping, costume changing, singing, dancing and instrument playing these magicians had to execute throughout the performance they were still some of the most energetic and thorough performers I have seen in a musical for a long time. Together they worked seamlessly, and flawlessly to deliver a show so high-octane and bursting with fun it will leave you breathless.

Son Of A Preacher Man is only playing at The Kings Theatre, Southsea, till Saturday March 3rd, so I implore you to get your tickets quickly before word spreads of this must see show and it sells out - Click here to get yours!

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