I took my two daughters, aged 13 and 16, to see it and we all enjoyed the show very much. The story telling was very clever. However, I must admit that I did not think too much of the arias although liked the presence of a live guitarist.
We were originally going to see Violet at the Charing Cross and bought tickets but after seeing the trailer, unanimously decided to see something else (I know we should have watched the trailer before buying tickets). So the opening of this new show in Hammersmith was very handy for us since tickets for WE musicals for three could easily cost more than £200 these days.
I hope many more people will go to see this refreshing show.
I was there last night, and while its heart is obviously in the right place, and there are some decent performances, it really wasn't for me.
The fundamental problem for me was that I didn't believe in the central relationship - the initial setup was all a bit rushed and then when the relationship hit trouble I wasn't invested in the story. Tyrone Huntley as Obi is good and has the much meatier of the two lead roles; Billy Cullum as Alex comes across as a spoiled brat without many redeeming features. I thought the music was effective in scene-setting, but poor in driving the story forward. And I really don't need another portrayal of a drug high through the means of interpretive dance.
Glad I saw it but it felt like a first draft; it's way too long (it ran about 2 hours last night, oddly the programme says the running time is 1h30 so they obviously expected cuts).
Oh, and my first visit to the Hammersmith Lyric - what a horrible mean-spirited little entrance at street level, corridors and narrow staircases - Matcham would have a fit at the building where his auditorium now sits.
I saw this Saturday afternoon. I just loved it. A very beautiful story, beautifully acted and especially beautifully staged. If I had not planned anything else, I could have seen it again Saturday night. One minus: too bad that not all music was live. But apart from that, this was already one highlight of 2019.
I Surprisingly agree with all of these reports. The show isn't great - but i loved it. Probably because we (still) have so few queer stories with a happy ending, especially on major stages. So... whilst the script is bad and full of queer cliches and the songs are middling to good it's saved by great performances and a big heart.
I do wish they'd collaborated with a theatre writer or dramaturg, as it was painfully obviously neither of the writers understood theatricality - but then the director/choreographer seems to have tried to make up for the lack of theatrics in the script by adding in far too many flourishes and dance breaks that just made me laugh at inappropriate moments.
All that said - 10/10 would go back just to stare at Tyrone in skinny jeans.