Some Like it Hotter

Lichfield Garrick  

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JUST fancy that. Marilyn Monroe is alive and well in Lichfield, or at least she is in the shape of Sarah Applewood who plays the famous Hollywood star in this very entertaining fantasy musical play by Richard Hurford.

With a perfect blonde wig and some dazzling tight dresses, she is a 'looker' who really looks the part, and with the ability to play the piano, ukele and clarinet Sarah could even claim to have more talent than the movie icon.

In fact the entire cast of six can sing and play various instruments splendidly in the story of how Charlie, a hapless middle-aged English fan, turns up in an ante-room to Heaven and manages to perform with the stars he and his mother loved so much in the cinema and on TV back on earth.

Patrick Bridgman gives a fine performance as Charlie, while Daniel Lloyd (Jack Lemmon) and Paul Matania (Tony Curtis) sing well and deliver some outstanding comedy.

Completing a sparkling cast are Sophie Byrne (Billie) and Andrew Venning (Diamond), but the really big moments come when the group sing Sweet Georgia Brown and Sarah turns on the sexual charm with the final number, I Wanna Be Loved By You. This Fresh Glory Productions tour of the Watermill Theatre production runs to 22.06.13.

Paul Marston 

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