Book/Music/Lyrics: Zack Zadek
Director: Matt Harrison
Reviewer: John Roberts
And a breeze of fresh air blows across the fringe in the shape of 6: A New Musical a refreshing and well constructed piece of musical theatre that stands well ahead of most pieces in this genre at the Fringe this year.
American composer Zack Zadek has a strong understanding of what makes a good musical theatre song, his writing talents allow his own voice to come through and stride across many different genres, from upbeat ballads through to gospel.
As with most musicals 6: A New Musical does suffer slightly in the book department. Six characters all in New York find their lives colliding together in a giant game of six degrees of separation from the cheated wife, young mother, med student to the business man, the dying man and the unsure priest – and one just wanted to find out a bit more about these people than the snapshots we have in this 50minute version.
Director Matt Harrison skillfully uses just three suitcases and a ladder (yes a ladder) to show multiple locations in the city and on the whole this concept works – however a scene involving an umbrella feels rather clunky and threatens to distract from what is being played out.
The cast are strong and hold their own against the four piece live band, but they can afford to bring the amplification of the band down so the audience can fully appreciate the vocal efforts of the cast. Stand out performances come from Chloe Nicolson as the young mother, and Alex Pritchard as the priest who has lost his faith.
6: A New Musical deserves to be seen this year, and firmly plants Twenty Something Productions as a company to be reckoned with on the future Fringe scene
Runs until 23rd August