Pros: Sinfully fantastic entertainment
Cons: Unless you have an open mind, you might find it offensive
Before going to see a performance, I have a strict rule of not researching the show, as I’m a strong believer in first impressions. I was so excited that I was seeing a musical, as it’s been a while, that my bragging to a colleague resulted in her searching for the show and showing me a rather disappointing review, which left me feeling uneasy.
I made my way to the King’s Head Theatre, which is also the first established pub theatre since Shakespeare’s day. The theatre space is situated at the back of the pub and once upon a time was used as a boxing ring and a pool hall.
Holy Crap! is an original musical created by the Heather Brothers. We witness the story about the launch of the first pay-to-view religious channel in Britain, led by the charismatic American evangelist preacher, Reverend Bobby De La Ray. He persuades legendary British rock star and true devoted Christian, Rex Bedderman to be the co-host of the channel.
In his pursuit to start up the project, Reverend Bobby realises that a pay-to-view channel about Christianity is not the first thing that Brits would throw their money at. As he is being chased by the Mafia, deep into debt and has his mother’s life in risk, he must think of a way that the channel would succeed and start making a profit.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think God? Well, if you were to ask Reverend Bobby, played by John Addison, he will say – porn! As the popular saying goes “sex sells” and Reverend Bobby begins a mission of incorporating taboo factors into his programs in order to sell the channel to subscribers. Addison is a carbon copy of Kevin Bacon and possess his undeniable charm, too.
The rollercoaster of raunchy adventure begins and you are sucked into the most beautiful harmonies and hilariously entertaining songs performed by the talented cast – Arvid Larsen as Rex Bedderman, the Rockstar that is having trouble getting accustomed to this new way of showing appreciation to God; Letitia Hector as Destiny Jackson, the only one who is struggling to believe in the entire farce; Rachel Marwood as Clarissa LaFayette, one of Reverend Bobby’s accomplices; Nunu Queimado as Vinnie Ginelli, the Italian stallion and another accomplice; Peter Bindloss as Luigi, Van Der Valt and part of the chorus; and Emma Salvo as the narrator, Victoria and chorus.
The performance is full of grandeur and it really does deserve a bigger stage, as it is sinfully fantastic. You will find yourself laughing out loud and maybe even blushing a bit, especially when the actors come into the audience – a highlight for me for sure!
Definitely a must-see for all musical theatre lovers and for anyone that can appreciate an original piece of theatre packed with talented performances, catchy songs and outrageous entertainment. See it while it’s hot!
Music, Book, Lyrics by: The Heather Brothers
Director: Benji Sperring
Producer: Nick Thompson
Musical Director: Rickey Long
Choreographer: Lucie Pankhurst
Box Office: 0207 226 8561
Booking Link: https://kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572540/events/128102036
Booking Until: 8 July 2017