(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve seen a few plays broadcast at the cinema by now, but this was the first musical I saw there.
It was nice that, before the play started and during the interval, the camera panned to the people at the live show, since that helped it feel more like being in the actual theater.
I found the musical itself to be really entertaining. The singing and dancing were really good and although there was a lot going on, I felt that some time was spent in exploring the motivations of other characters. They were easy to understand… at least when I figured out what some of the relationships were.
This was the second thing I saw which had details about the miners’ strike and I felt it was interesting to see the way that was explored here. I liked the music in this and I felt that the lighting and stage itself were utilised in good ways. I particularly liked the way Billy’s bed was raised up and down.
There were quite a few amusing scenes in this, but I was really surprised at the amount of bad language that was used. I was sitting next to my seven-year-old niece during it, so I made a point of telling her not to repeat what they were saying.
I also liked the dance numbers at the end, too. There were some really quite emotional scenes along with the comedy. It was easy to like the characters and I think it was definitely worth seeing.