PRESS FOR "GATSBY"
“Composer Joe Evans's music and lyrics evoke the decadent rush of the jazz era and its seedy underbelly. Sultry refrains pulse in the background as secrets are revealed that prove disastrous for those caught in Gatsby's wake. Linnie Reedman has crafted Fitzgerald's story into one of lost love and regret. A well-executed, at times affecting and stylish production."
TIME OUT (SOW OF THE WEEK)
“Linnie Reedman's production is fleet-footed and elegant. Carrying the flapper look off in considerable style is Matilda Sturridge as Daisy Buchanan, a beauty with alabaster skin, huge, haunted eyes and bee-stung lips. She conveys something of Daisy’s heartache, loneliness and brittle self-concern.”
"Matilda Sturridge as Daisy, gives a delicate performance oozing class, and has the requisite moonstruck beauty. The production maintains its grip throughout."
“The Great Gatsby Musical has both style and heart"
THE EVENING STANDARD
“It revels delectably in the period glitz and, with actors doubling up as musicians, deftly harnesses the yearning beat of jazz that echoes so perfectly the novel's strains of heartbreak and disenchantment.”
“Joe Evans’ score manages to capture both the hedonism and the deep despair of the age.
“Joe Evans’s smoky, jazzy score and Belle Mundi's superb costume designs combine to present an excellent depiction of America's 'Roaring Twenties'. Strong performances, and clever direction by Linnie Reedman, help to convey the hope and glamour of the era, shrouding the insecurities, secrets and sadness below the glitzy surfaces of these characters."
"Unlike Baz Luhrman's emotionless film, Linnie Reedman's seedy speakeasy production has a real sense of mood.... a cocktail of despair and violence."
MAIL ON SUNDAY
“… A brilliantly entertaining and illuminating interpretation of a challenging text…”
“… The music and choreography bring a fluidity to the characters interactions and scene changes, putting the audience right at the centre of the party. Songs written by Joe Evans, with instrumental and Charleston-esque accompaniments by members of the cast, enliven the script and demonstrate the prowess of the multi-talented crew…”
“… So fresh and innovative that it succeeds where big budget films have failed in the past…”
“A glorious play with music based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel. What comes through in this superb production is the intelligence of this ensemble cast, along with the guidance of director Linnie Reedman, in teasing out a fresh understanding of its characters – enhanced by an array of knock-out song and dance numbers.”
“…In Bonas’ portrayal, we have the Daisy that Fitzgerald intended…”
“… Don’t miss it ...”
LONDON THEATRE 1
“… It’s clear from the outset, this just isn’t a show, it’s a sassy experience…”
“… The production is punchy, fast paced, with the atmosphere changing constantly throughout, making the show so engaging, full of energy and rushes of excitement. The whole cast is extraordinarily beautiful, and sleek with every character portrayal.”
“…the production is a hypnotic affair… hissing with elegance and trauma…”
THE NATIONAL STUDENT
“… With no delineation between the stage and the audience, the intimacy was genuine, and the performance extraordinary…”
“…Truly talented voices and live musicians interwove the music and story so that the emotions which the songs conveyed were palpable and honest…”
‘…Cressida Bonas, as a haunted and damaged Daisy Buchanan, is phenomenal…”
“… For a truly unique and escapist theatrical experience Gatsby is a must see…”