Lights up on a whirlwind of laughter, sequins, and show tunes! If you’ve ever heard the phrase “I hope you don’t take yourself too seriously” on Tinder and thought, “That’s my kind of person,” then this musical is a definite swipe right. “I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical” is an uproarious comedic revue that serves up a side-splitting dish of theatre life. Whether you’re a drama student, a musical superfan who’s seen “Phantom” one too many times, or just someone looking for a night of uproarious entertainment, this production has something for everyone.
From the moment the curtain rises, this show grabs you by the hand and gleefully drags you behind the scenes, revealing all the juicy secrets of the stage. This side-splitting show starts with the wide-eyed drama student’s first audition and eventually ventures into the realm of brattish divas, past-it chorus members, and bitter has-beens. It pulls back the curtain on the hilarious mishaps, debilitating dance routines, backstage backstabbing, musical fans, and harsh critics, all while celebrating those magical moments that make it all worthwhile.
Unexpected Twists and Turns: The Unpredictable Path of Theatre
From start to finish, the production keeps you engaged. The narrative starts linearly, following the journey of an aspiring actor from audition room nerves to the lead role. But, just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, the story takes delightful detours, introducing a vibrant cast of characters you could encounter on any theatre stage. Songs about theatre audiences and musical fanatics weave through the narrative, cleverly portraying those who wear their theatre love proudly and those who keep it hidden like a well-kept secret.
Picture a macho football fan hesitating to confess his affection for show tunes among his pub pals, or a classic play reviewer who, behind closed doors, revels in the sheer joy of a cheeky musical number. These moments not only tickle your funny bone but also touch your heart, celebrating the diversity of passion that thrives within the world of musical theatre.
Musical Theatre Lovers Unite: Celebrating Passion, Hidden or Proud
The genius of the production lies in its relatability. As the characters and scenes unfolded, I couldn’t help but think, “I know someone like that!” The show deftly skewers the quirks, foibles, and absurdities of actors, creators, and musical enthusiasts, creating a tapestry of hilarious and authentic moments.
Dazzling costumes add an extra layer of sparkle to the production, with nods to iconic West End outfits that will have you in stitches (yes, the “Les Mis” hat and flag had me almost rolling in my seat).
Julie Yammanee deserves a standing ovation for her powerhouse performance, showcasing not only her vocal prowess but also her incredible character work. Her audition scene and a memorable 30-second note at the end had the entire audience in fits of laughter.
Jennifer Caldwell takes campy diva skills to a whole new level, channelling the spirits of Whitney, Beyoncé, and Idina Menzel simultaneously. Her electrifying presence at the show’s climax is not to be missed.
A standout moment has to be the uproarious song about intimacy between actors, masterfully performed by Jennifer Caldwell and Sev Keoshgerian. The over-the-top script turns the romantic scene into a sidesplitting riot of absurdity and pure fun.
“I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical” at Wilton’s Music Hall is a rollicking good time that offers a riotous peek behind the theatrical curtain. It’s the theatre experience you never knew you needed, and the comedy you won’t soon forget. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the audience that raves, “I wish my life were like THIS musical!”.
*I received the ticket in exchange for an honest review of the show
I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical
By Alexander S. Bermange
Directed & Choreographed by Matthew Parker
Composer: Alexander S. Bermange
Producer: James Seabright
Cast: Julie Yammanee, Rhidian Marc, Sev Keoshgerian, Jennifer Caldwell
29 Aug – 9 Sep Wilton’s Music Hall, London