REVIEW: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Joe Murphy (Caleb) Ross Beagrow (Benjamin) Sam Stones (Frank) Jack Greaves (Gideon) Pip Hersee (Ephraim) Jack Evans (Daniel)  Photo Geraint Lewis

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Joe Murphy (Caleb) Ross Beagrow (Benjamin) Sam Stones (Frank) Jack Greaves (Gideon) Pip Hersee (Ephraim) Jack Evans (Daniel) Photo Geraint Lewis

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If you want a musical that looks beautifully lavish, has spectacular dancing scenes, and the kind of feel-good factor that only top-class theatre can give you, then this is the show for you.

Sam Attwater (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice winner) and Helena Blackman (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?) shine in the leading roles but this is very much a team performance.

There isn’t a weak link in the 20-strong plus cast, which makes for a production so slick it is easy to imagine you are sat in the West End.

The musical is based on the 1954 MGM film, a movie which had its budget slashed halfway through yet turned out to be a classic.

Very much in the cheery mould of Sound Of Music, it tells the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife, persuading a starstruck Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his home in the woods, and only then does she discover he has six brothers – all living in the cabin.

Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then Adam hits on a solution to his brothers’ loneliness – kidnap the women they want.

What stands out throughout is the choreography. It is spectacular, all leaps and twirls, vibrant and electrifying routines.

Often there is so much going on it is hard to decide which part of the stage to focus on, and it’s no surprise to learn it is the work of the award winning Patti Colombo, who was flown in from the USA to lend her expertise on the production.

With 16 songs along the way, this is two-and-a-half hours of galloping fun and I defy you to walk out of the theatre feeling anything other than exhilarated.

Great stuff, and The Grand has secured a wonderful production of the very highest quality.

Runs until Saturday. Tickets available from www.blackpoolgrand.com