After an overture that, whilst played very well, seemed to go on a bit, the show began. The story follows an American pajama factory, currently on strike for a wage raise of 7.5 cents. At the same time, one of the leaders of the union, Babe Williams (Played by Naz Simsek) and Sid Sorokin, a Superintendent of the factory (Played by Preston Nyman) start a rocky romance. There's also drunken rage, knife throwing and "Political Symbolism". When asked, Why this musical?, the director (Mrs Lambert) said simply, "I love it". It's clear why as this charming little musical combines everything that everyone enjoys about musicals.
The acting in the musical is also a lot of fun. Naz Simsek returns as the leading lady of the performance, bringing to the character of Babe both an aggressive assertive side, and a subtler, friendly tone which is difficult to pull off. Think Natalie Wood from ‘West Side Story’, combined with Catherine Zeta-Jones from ‘Chicago’. We also have Preston Nyman, who after having side roles in the previous year’s shows, finally takes up a lead role. There on-stage chemistry is greatly helped by the real life friendship they share. "Preston's lovely to work with," Naz commented, "It's absolutely lovely working with Naz," Preston remarked, after the show. Other acting highlights include Patrick Miles as Vernon Hines, who manages to look really to cool holding a stopwatch, whilst giving a couple of well choreographed dances, Emily Willis who gives one of the funniest moments in the musical, and Leyla Constantinidis who it's nice to see taking a larger role in the productions.
In conclusion, a highly successful production. Whilst the original source material may not be to my taste, under the Drama and Music departments, the cast really have brought to life a musical which is thoroughly entertaining. Continuously topping itself each year, this production is well worth seeing. Hats off to all involved.