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Five Alive! The Musical (Five Alive – George Lakis and Andy Emeritz)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

Call me a terrible person if you must, but with comedy I’d rather wallow in the schadenfreude of failed expectations than root for plucky underdogs making a comeback. So, for me, it was disappointing that the narrative here focused almost entirely on fictional former tween sensation Five Alive only well after their fall from grace, when there would have been comic potential in seeing more of their hubristic demands during their period of success and then their downward trajectory. That gripe over with, the songs are really good and embarrassingly likeable, especially the one sung by the Europop outfit, Heartbrokers. Aside from the underdeveloped narrative, this show celebrates the ridiculousness of eighties pop music pretty satisfyingly.

theSpaces On The Mile, 15 – 27 Aug (not 21), 10.00pm (11.00pm), £5.00, fpp75.
tw rating 3/5