The show itself is paper thin but the production is very imaginative and energetic, all of the Moes do a very admirable job with 'Four Eyes' and 'Big Moe' probably being the standouts. The songs are terrific and the band red-hot, and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
I loved the theatre, personally. A very convincing and authentic recreation of the small New Orleans/Chicago bars we loved so much during our visit to those cities, with a great drinks selection (name me another theatre where a guy can get a pint of Goose Island on tap). The warm-up act were sensational and I loved the band playing in the rafters.
I do agree with the earlier comments regarding the sightlines, we were sat in the outer stalls and had a large pillar blocking most of the right-hand side of the stage and also couldn't see anything that happened at the back of the room. The staging in general is pretty great so it's a shame this impacted that.
There's some *very* extensive audience participation, so make sure you sit on the raked seating rather than at the tables if that isn't your bag.
You should do quite well, as they are at least more central than the ones I had a report from. Wow on those Sunset prices.
I am a Centre Stage Member (for £35 a year I get £3.50 off all tickets) and have booked on the midweek matinee, which is quite a bit cheaper than other days and got our tickets for £35.00 in the rear stalls, so not too bad.
Saw the show tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it! Yes the plot string thing the show together is rather thin but the wonderful cast charm you so much that you don't really mind.
The physical production is really good and I love how it's staged; there is a revolve which seems to be becoming standard in any production now, but its thrilling and there was a little lighting moment that made me ooh out loud!
The band were on fire and sounded great, I'd love a recording of this production as everything sounded so great.
A shout out to all the front of house and security who were perhaps the friendliest group I have seen in a while (and there was a rather handsome usher there too)
I sat in C75, front row close to the side and at £15 it was a steal. you're going to get a slightly obstructed view wherever you sit due to it being in the round and pillars or performing behind you if you're in the inner circle but I would highly recommend this seat/area.
We were sat in D20 & D21, as I said there's a pillar and it's also very difficult to see what's happening at the back of the revolve. Nothing show-ruining because they make an effort to ensure there's something going on at all angles!
To my shame, I didn't mention in my review how good Edward Baruwa was as Nomax. A role that could be easily upstaged by the constant energy of the Five Guys but he put in a very restrained, naturalistic performance (very Clarke Peters-esque, you might say) that held everything together perfectly.
We saw the matinee on Thursday, seats D65 and D66 which is actually the second row back from the revolve on slightly the left side and missed very little. There was a narrow pillar slightly to my right but it didn't spoil it for me at all, I just moved my head slightly. I absolutely loved it, the venue was so intimate and the Moes were all so slick with their dancing and timing. For £15 a ticket it was a steal. Loved the whole speakeasy set up from the bar into the theatre. Great atmosphere.
I saw this yesterday and I actually really really liked it! Act2 was a bit weaker than the 1st and I didnt like that crowd participation scene, but the end of act 1; i loved it haha! Also, the foyer, amazing atmosphere. And for the first time in forever, not a queue at the ladies.