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Review: Boogie Nights at Orchard Theatre, Dartford
What a great way to shake off the winter blues and forget about the weather and the world outside!
Boogie Nights at The Orchard Theatre was a like a nonstop cheese-a-thon from beginning to end and creates the perfect party atmosphere, which is ultimately why it has such a timeless appeal.
It is a simple, but heart warming story about a group of friends, their lives and loves and a fancy dress competition which takes place at the local night club/disco.
However, the main purpose of the show is to link one 70s pop classic to another, to keep the audience toe tapping, clapping and dancing in the aisles.
So if you’ve ever wondered how many 70s hits you can fit into two hours and you feel like dusting off your flares and platforms, this is the show for you.
It’s a revamped version of the original, the main difference being the guest appearance of The Osmonds, now consisting of Jimmy, Merrill and Jay.
Even if you were never a huge Osmonds fan, you couldn’t deny their total dedication to their performance and their fans.
The giant back drop on stage, showing video footage and photographs behind their set, was truly nostalgic.
Some of the boy bands of today could learn a few lessons from these seasoned professionals, who can still sing and bust a few moves.
The change the show’s format meant the storyline was a bit disjointed and was hijacked by The Osmonds.
But as it was never a strong storyline, it really didn’t matter too much or interfere with the enjoyment, but just became like a show, within a show.
It is a must see production for all Osmonds fans!
One of the other highlights was the YMCA routine in the first half.
It was extremely entertaining and amusing to watch, with almost total audience participation - not to mention the almost perfect body of Chico, who was the surprise performance of the night for me.
He was both sexy and geeky in the role of Terry.
Gareth Gates was endearing as the heart throb Dean, coming perfectly into his own when he joined The Osmond brothers in their rendition of Puppy Love - Donny would approve I think.
Shane Richie Junior plays the part of Roddy, which was originally created and played by his father.
And although he can certainly hold a note, he was not quite up to his dad’s cheeky chappy standards, in my opinion.
However, I felt nerves may have played a part and he will develop the role and make it his own with time.
Andy Abraham was really strong in the role of Spencer the tough guy soul singer.
The weakest performance for me was from Louisa Lytton who played the part of Debs and this was purely because her vocals were too weak.
However, she made up for this with her fantastic looks and bubbly personality.
Supporting roles and band were great – this is a must see for all disco divas!
The show runs until February 2.
For tickets call 01322 220000 or visit orchardtheatre.co.uk