Lipstick on Your Collar –
July 2010 By John Thaxter
Judging by a lively audience of seriously ageing, but still eager rockers, Simon Gross has assembled the perfect collection of Fifties and Sixties numbers to build a rhythmic rapport between his talented young performers and the Brinsworth House showbiz retirees. The audience thronged to enjoy the afternoon show and join in at every opportunity, adding their own vocals and hand jive demonstrations as if it were still the good old days.
The format is familiar –
A tall order you might suppose and the easy, appealing charm of the performers conceals a terrific, professional attack, plus a tough touring schedule that takes them to dozens of retirement homes and hospital wards throughout the summer months.
Donna Marsh has a melodic brilliance that captures every nuance of these melodies, from the Connie Francis title number and Who’s Sorry Now? to a perfect Scottish bounce for Lulu’s Boom, Bang a Bang. Her phrasing skill is truly impressive, with every word of every lyric delivered with clarity and emotional understanding, from Doris Day to Dusty Springfield.
This is another welcome hit for the SG stable of youngsters, working their way to success in the world of revue and musical theatre.
Brinsworth House, Twickenham, July 29 and touring until August 26
Director: Simon Gross
Producers: Simon Gross Presents
Cast: Donna Marsh, Robert Sanderson
Running time: 1hr 15mins