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Guy: A New Musical – The Kings Head Theatre, Islington – Review

Pros: An original and ambitious new musical showcasing new writers and songwriters that makes for a fun, fast-paced night out with friends

Cons: The script is corny at times, with a few plot holes. The songwriter could have done with cramming fewer words into some of the songs as they were hard to follow in places

Pros: An original and ambitious new musical showcasing new writers and songwriters that makes for a fun, fast-paced night out with friends Cons: The script is corny at times, with a few plot holes. The songwriter could have done with cramming fewer words into some of the songs as they were hard to follow in places Guy: A New Musical is an original play which showcases new writers and songwriters. It brings the narrative of young gay men navigating the often brutal and superficial world of online dating in 2018 to the stage. Guy is the main character. He’s kind…

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An original musical about the trials and tribulations of dating on the gay scene in the 21st century.

User Rating: 4.7 ( 1 votes)

Guy: A New Musical is an original play which showcases new writers and songwriters. It brings the narrative of young gay men navigating the often brutal and superficial world of online dating in 2018 to the stage.

Guy is the main character. He’s kind and gentle, but overweight and severely lacking in confidence. We follow him as he attempts to navigate the gay dating scene, initially with limited success. He goes to extreme measures to find love: from impersonating a friend on an online dating app, consequently wrecking his relationship, through to lots of meaningless sex with strangers.

The performance was pacey and enjoyable overall, with a talented cast of singers/dancers/actors. The dancing in particular was excellent, with movement used to tell the story and to demonstrate the more passionate moments.

This play felt as if it was being used as a star vehicle for some (admittedly very good) singers, but as a result the mics were up so high in the tiny room that when they unleashed their powerful voices it blasted out our ear-drums.

The plot was somewhat cheesy and High-School Musical-esque. Some of the themes were quite, gritty but it had been given the teen treatment with lots of angsty songs about looks and loves: ‘We click like a light switch, we shuffle like a play-list.” There also a szhmaltzy Disney-style ending where the fat insecure guy ends up with the hunk who just wants someone with a good personality.

The plot had a few holes here and there – but we forgive that because overall it was a fun and frivolous night out. Definitely recommended for a Friday or Saturday night out with friends.

Director: Leoe Mercer

Musical Director: Stephen Hyde

Starring: Brendan Matthew, Seann Miley-Moore, Adam Braidley, Steve Banks

Showing until: Finished

Find out more: www.leoeandhyde.com

 

About Kate Woolgrove

Kate Woolgrove
Kate is a newcomer to London and currently wide-eyed in wonder at everything the city has to offer, including it’s incredible, diverse theatre scene. A PR / Communication executive by trade she’d been looking for an outlet to use her powers for good and producing honest, unbiased theatre reviews for Londoners seemed like just the ticket! When not immersed in culture at the theatre or scratching out a living in this wonderful (but ruinously expensive) city she’s usually to be found thoroughly investigating the dazzling array of drinking establishments in the capital or alternatively in the gym undoing all the damage she’s done.