Director: Jay Smith
Reviewer: Paul Downham
From the moment you walk into the foyer of the Lowry Theatre you could be mistaken for thinking you were in Disneyland. Countless stalls are littered all over the concourse selling every imaginable toy that in some way spins or lights up. Some would say it’s every parent’s worst nightmare however; it had the children attending the show looking on in awe, which is what Disney does so well.
If you are looking to go and see a musical with live vocals, on the whole this is the wrong show for you as virtually all of the on stage dialogue and singing is pre recorded. This of course is no matter to the younger target audience.
The show revolves around Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s quest to find the best variety acts of all time. They are assisted in this task by Goofy and Donald Duck, the latter of which was tasked with producing a spectacular confetti finale to the planned variety performance. Donald’s efforts throughout the evening led to little more than a disappointing shower of confetti reaching no more than 3 feet off the ground.
Through clever use of a video wall the foursome set off around the world hunting out the best talent to feature in the show. The acts they found included Cinderella singing, Woody and Jess from Toy Story dancing, Buzz Lightyear flying and Tigger doing what he does best, bouncing.
The second act of the show was the variety show itself and to open the proceedings around 10 children were chosen from the audience to dance on stage while their parents were ushered backstage. The piece culminated in the parents making a surprise appearance as backing band to their own children. Following on from the children the show turned into classic Disney with big production numbers and impressive choreography including an appearance by the Green Army Soldiers from Toy Story much to the delight of the audience.
Whatever your age Disney never fails to put a smile on your face and this show carries on that tradition. The simple yet effective set with countless props helps add to the magic and this reviewer would question anybody who comes out of a performance without having thoroughly enjoyed it.
On a final note Donald Duck manages at the end of the night to create a fitting finale of which only the cleaners at the Lowry witnessed with dismay!