Sunday, June 23

Judy & Liza – Hope Mill Theatre

What an absolute joy and honour it was to attend “Judy & Liza” at the Hope Mill Theatre.

And what a show! “Judy & Liza” is like the concert many have dreamt of but never had the chance to see. This vaudeville-style production revisits the brief but iconic history of Frances ‘Baby’ Gumm and her daughter, Liza May Minnelli, marking 60 years since they last performed together at the London Palladium. The show is so well-crafted and thoughtfully executed that you could almost forget you were watching actors and not the legends themselves.

Helen Sheals as Judy and Emma Dears as Liza were the perfect pair, making the audience feel welcomed and at ease. Neither outshone the other; each had ample time to shine individually and together in numerous duets. Their performances were filled with passion and integrity, especially in the more poignant scenes. It was clear both actors were in their element, bringing these iconic characters to life.

The show featured a delightful mix of songs, balancing obvious choices with surprising selections. It was also enlightening to learn more about the history of these two iconic figures. As someone familiar with the basics of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, I appreciated the opportunity to delve deeper into their stories and revisit their impressive catalogue of work.

For an evening at the theatre, it was a joy and privilege to be there. “Judy & Liza” was a memorable experience, and both actors should be proud of what they have created. This performance was not only a tribute to two legendary performers but also a celebration of the enduring magic of theatre.

Judy and Liza continues at Hope Mill Theatre until Saturday, 1st June 2024. For tickets and more information, please visit www.judyandliza.co.uk

Reviewer: Brian Madden

Reviewed: 29th May 2024

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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