“Fresh And Joyous” – Check Out The Girls London Reviews
With Gary Barlow and Tim Firth helming the music, and being based on an incredible true story, The Girls was always set to be a huge hit, and now the whole of the country knows it it! The new musical has wowed critics who have heaped praise on this heartwarming and inspiring show.
The Girls centres around several members of a Yorkshire Women’s Institute group who rally around their friend Annie (Joanna Riding), when she unexpectedly loses her husband to cancer. This inspires the women to do something outrageous – they create a nude calendar in order to raise money for their local hospital and inadvertently take the world by storm.
The Independent calls the show ‘fresh and joyous’, and praises Barlow’s music in particular as a standout part of the show’s success. “The lovely melodies in Barlow’s beguiling score sometimes have a distinctively British sound as though he’s been channelling the Parry of “Jerusalem” (which we hear in blasts) and mid-period Beatles. The 10-piece band, rich in brass instruments, does the score handsome justice. I think that Victoria Wood would have approved.”
The Daily Mail names Titanic star Claire Machin as a highlight, giving us a taste of saucy humour we’ve come to expect from the Calendar Girls movie. “Claire Machin’s struggling single mum Cora, who takes the choir carol-singing through the village, has the joint jumping with a raunchy Who Wants A Silent Night? and announces that ‘If Jesus had had teenage kids, the Bible would have been very different!’”
We’ve already fallen in love with the music of The Girls, especially the song ‘Sunflower’, but by all accounts the song ‘Scarborough’ is the song that will really tug at the heart strings. Watch Joanna Riding recording the song and try not to cry even a little bit (we failed).
See the incredible new British musical, The Girls, at the Phoenix Theatre, now with no booking fee.