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Preview: You Can?t Stop the Beat

Nov 25 2004 15:18
Mr Bojangles
Last night this reporter had the pleasure of being invited to attend the final rehearsal for the forthcoming ICU Musical Theatre Society event, You Can?t Stop the Beat.
The delightful leading ladies of last year's MTSoc Freshers' Revue.

Revue style shows, performed in dB?s, are becoming an annual event for MTSoc and their success and popularity has been building steadily over the past few years.

You Can?t Stop the Beat is a toe-tapping, all-singing, all-dancing journey through the organised chaos of a typical office Christmas party. Over 20 musical numbers are crammed into an hour-long show that soon transports the audience, with the help of Jack, the Pumpkin King, from the comfort of the modern office to an altogether more sinister land. Of course the twists in the plot that link the whole show together are underpinned by a classic Christmas love story.

The show combines the hilarious absurdity of musical numbers from South Park the Movie, Jerry Springer the Opera and Avenue Q with unparalleled classic anthems taken from Moulin Rouge. Of course, there?s some of The Nightmare Before Christmas thrown in for good measure.

The entire show is doubtless offensive and highly inappropriate: certainly not one to drag your parents along to, but well worth spending an hour of your life watching. In return for an entrance fee of only zero pounds, audiences will be rewarded with the first-rate flair and professionalism that MTSoc habitually demonstrate. Amongst the cast several familiar faces appear along side new talent sourced from the society?s recent intake of freshers. Their individual styles combine seamlessly to produce a show that should mark the start of a great year for this company.

You Can?t Stop the Beat, directed by David Phipps-Davis, will be performed in dB?s this Sunday and Monday, 28th and 29th November at 7.30pm. Admission is free.

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Discussion about “Preview: You Can?t Stop the Beat”

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Nov 25 2004 16:38

Admission may be free but RAG will be there so bring some spare change!

2. Ruth   
Nov 26 2004 11:14

Damn, whoever you are, you've just said most of what I was going to when I reviewed it! Grrrrr! Now I shall have to resort to personal comments about the actual performance.

Nov 26 2004 11:29

Blame the culture editor Ruth

Nov 26 2004 13:35

Apologies Ruth but I have been receiving requests for previews in addition to reviews so that for short-run / one night events people don't just get a review the day after with no option to see the preformance for themselves.

Feel free to email me with comments.

5. Nia   
Nov 29 2004 13:42

I must say I really rather enjoyed this last night. The bit with the fans was a moment of inspired genius. Some other moments were a little disturbing but I think the therapy will fix that.

Anyone who wants to avoid coursework this evening will find dBs is a good place to hide from it.

6. Ruth   
Nov 29 2004 16:47

Duncan, can the choir concert (on the 10th December, in the Great Hall, Mozart's Requiem) have a preview article... I'd supply you with one but obviously I'm baised!

7. Ruth   
Nov 29 2004 16:48

Oh and I can't spell...

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