Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Love Birds, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
A certain kind of person buys lovebirds – one who doesn’t find the idea of hearts and flowers romance sickly but uplifting, and this lightweight little musical is no different.
Revolving around the unlikely relationship between a love bird and a penguin, set against the backdrop of an “all-singing, all-dancing revue”, it playfully references classic Hollywood studio comedies in a way that’s more sparkly than sharp but it’s a polished production with a solid cast and live band, stylish art deco set and some incredibly catchy songs from writer, lyricist and composer Robert J Sherman.
The word “fabulous” doesn’t come close to summing up the costumers; awash with sequins, glitter and neon. However, the “ker-dum” of the drum every time a mediocre joke is made is generally louder than any resulting laughter.
Described as a family show, it’s actually one that would suit young kids the most. There’s a loose plot about more salacious-but-not-really-salacious-musical numbers taking over from the traditional values of “old fashioned guys” – but it’s all pretty tame. However, a quick-fire number about an addiction to “crunchy crackers” is energetic and fun and the title song will accompany your every thought for days to come.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 28 August 2015
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