"Putting it Together" is a musical revue showcasing the songs of a musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim. Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it was written by Sondheim and Julia McKenzie. The revue has received several productions, beginning with its premiere in England in 1992, Broadway in 1999, West End in 2014 and currently it is performed at the wonderful Hope Mill Theatre
The Cast of "Putting It Together" (Image: Phil Tragen)
The show is set during a Manhattan cocktail party on Christmas Eve. The story is designed to link and relate to 32 beautiful Sondheim songs.
Andrew Gallo opened the show with a hilarious monologue and song. Gallo's character was an Observer who narrates the story. Gallo was full of energy and is very talented. One of his songs called "Buddy's Blues" was done in a spectacular way and was one of the highlights from the show for me.
Lauren James Ray played her character of the Wife with sass and laughs. Ray had a perfect diction which was very well presented in a patter song "Not Getting Married Today" from Company.
Gavin James was amazing playing the character of the Husband and his vocals were really good.
Alex Cardall was simply fabulous. His portrayal of the Younger Man was brilliant acting wise, and his singing voice tone was mesmerising especially in another song from Company "Marry me a Little".
Simbi Akande played the role of the Younger Woman brilliantly. Her voice and acting skills were perfect.
I liked the idea of the Musical director/pianist being onstage the whole time because the actors and actresses interacted with him and he interacted with them. Michael Webborn did a top job at playing this unbelievably hard and long score all by himself.
I must also mention Felicity Gourley who is an assistant stage manager of the show and also plays a big part in the opening only. It was one of the funniest, unforgettable and short performances ever. The choreography by William Whelton and Stacey Pepworth was simple, small and catchy and the direction by Bronagh Lagan was very smart, polished and helped to deliver the story across well.
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Overall, The Hope Mill Theatre has done it again . This is another glorious production with perfect cast and the creative team.