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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Broadway Lunchbox – Bar Broadway

Performer: Jason Thorpe
Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts

New Attitude Theatre Company presents Broadway Lunchbox, a different show every lunch time at Bar Broadway. One such lunchtime offering comes from Jason Thorpe, as he takes to the stage to perform a medley of his favourite Broadway hits.

Clearly a talented and experienced performer, Thorpe exudes charisma between songs as he gives the audience a glimpse into his past as a Broadway performer. This hour-long, one-man cabaret performance features numbers from Les Misérables to Rent and will have you tapping your feet along in no time.

Dressed in a suit jacket and t-shirt combo and accompanied by only a microphone and a chair, Thorpe’s attire and the show’s staging are a little lacklustre. Like the best Broadway shows, the songs build throughout the performance, leaving the epic numbers for the second half. Unfortunately, this can mean that some of the earlier songs feel a bit like you’re watching a man above a pub singing karaoke.

A sucker for a love song, Thorpe’s powerful voice rips through many a ballad. His choice of songs often leading to him to singing parts originally written for women and his strong, belting voice makes for a refreshing change on numbers including Barbra Streisand’s Don’t Rain on my Parade.

If Broadway is your thing then this is a delight, and even if it’s not, Broadway Lunchbox still makes for an enjoyable way to spend your lunch hour.

Runs until 4 June 2017 | Image: Contributed  |  @brightonfringe

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A delight

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