Spotlights : A Night at the Musicals at Greenside @ Nicolson Square was a favourite of mine at the Fringe in 2017 and 2018, and I was looking forward to seeing them again. Unfortunately, however, this evening’s performance did not come up to the high standard of previous years. Partly this was because of sound issues; the wireless microphones worn by the solo singers weren’t working properly, and it was impossible to hear what they were singing over the sound of the nine-piece band. This was fixed after about 20 minutes of so, which was nearly half way through the show.
As always, this was a high energy performance, with dancing and even a bit of acrobatics, but somehow this time the magic that had been there in previous years was missing. I appreciate this was the opening night of Spotlights’ Fringe run, but some of the dance numbers didn’t seem to be running very smoothly and, coupled with the sound issues, it was altogether very disappointing. Hopefully things will improve as the week goes on.
There were crowd-pleasers in the repertoire, including a medley from Phantom of the Opera, and finishing off with “Waterloo” from Mamma Mia, but many of the songs were totally unknown to me, so a programme would have been very helpful.
Spotlights: A Night at the Musicals
Greenside @ Nicolson Square
Country: United Kingdom - England
Group: Spotlights Show Choir
Review by Lisa Sibbald