Out of lockdown with truly entertaining show

Torbay Weekly

Review: I Love Music

Venue: Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

This show promises to be an inspirational musical journey spanning five decades and it certainly had the audience clapping and singing along to around 40 non-stop musical numbers.

This high-energy show covers a vast spectrum from pop classics to popular movie sound tracks and each entertainer has their own forte.

The show was blended together well by Babbacombe stalwart Andy Oakley as compere.

Andy is celebrating his 40th year in showbusiness and is a great 'all-rounder' and it was lovely to see him perform as a vocalist.

Likewise, Dean Winters, who is a well-established comic.

While a small sprinkling of humour was a welcome addition, the comedy numbers really work most effectively in the theatre’s seasonal variety show.

That said, the audience lapped up Dean’s crazy Scottish Lloyd Webber number and the gents’ “We’re Sailormen”.

Disco diva Eloise Cole delivered some great up-beat pop numbers, while power-house songstress Becky Bennett packed a punch with her dramatic “I Who Have Nothing” ballad.

Trained dancer Sarah Montague added some high kicks to the show, but it was her Disney duet with Harriet Loveridge which left a lasting impression with beautiful harmonies.

In fact, Harriet Loveridge was simply divine in her solo number “With You” and is surely one to watch - a star in the making.

Sami-Jane Slater excelled in the Sixties medley and teamed up perfectly with Becky for their powerful rendition of New York State of Mind.

Together, the ladies looked and sounded amazing in the Bond love song medley.

In contrast, the Little Mix number – Black Magic – was an unnecessary choice.

Young Reece Williams oozed enthusiasm, having previously performed at the Babbacombe Theatre as part of the Kids Zone troupe in his younger years.

He teamed up well with Joe Harris, Paul Fordham and Dean for The Osmonds’ hit “Love me for a Reason”. The guys looked sharp and moved well together.

The Latin injection with Paul’s vocals and Sarah’s dancing to Elita had everyone tapping their feet, but it was the finale when the full company had the audience dancing in the aisles.

Well done, a brilliant end to a truly entertaining evening.

I Love Music continues at the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay every Thursday until October 7.

Kathy Uglow