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 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