Magic of the Stars

Magic of the Stars keeps audiences spellbound

Reviewer Caroline Abbott – HERALD EXPRESS

The variety shows at Babbacombe Theatre always prove popular and the latest offering, Magic of the Stars, is set to follow in the same vein. There is something for everyone with music, comedy, dancing, illusions and impressions jam-packed into the two-hour show.

On the way out, everyone was chattering excitedly about a different aspect of the production – the person in front of me was praising the beautiful choreography and costumes while the person behind me was telling her friend which joke had made her cry with laughter.

I thought that the success of primetime television programmes such as Britain's Got Talent would have widened the interest in variety performances, but the vast majority of the audience were senior citizens. The show is clearly targeted at this age group, with jokes about hip replacements and tablets, and plenty of songs and references from yesteryear.

But producer and director Colin Matthews, who has now been at the venue for more than 30 years, has included a couple of songs from the present day to the set, in a bid to appeal to younger generations. The Adele and Justin Timberlake covers were received by the audience politely if not quite as enthusiastically as some of the others.

Host and headlining showman Steve Laister had the audience in stitches with his reflections, observations and foreign characters such as the vertically challenged matador. He showed his versatility with strong vocals too.

The gorgeous and talented Lindsey Collard, who has appeared at Babbacombe Theatre in many previous productions, shone while former Emmerdale actress Gail-Marie also impressed with songs that showed off her vocal range.

Daniel Dean delighted the audience with his illusions although he seemed a little less comfortable adding his support to the musical numbers. Wayne 'Champagne' Martin, another Babbacombe Theatre veteran, helped to make the show extra bubbly.

The flawless Danze Magique enhanced every number and the Rock Starz youngsters gave mature and confident performances.

Every member of the cast pulled out all the stops to keep the audience entertained and their enjoyment was infectious. Magic of the Stars was, in short, spellbinding.

 

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS - Posted February 2017

“Magic of the Stars...Brilliant! I'm coming back to watch again!!” 5 Stars - LM2809 Wow what a show! Nonstop laughing from start to finish, along with all the singing and dancing everyone was brilliant and should all be really proud of themselves! 
I will definitely be coming back to watch again!

“A wonderful night out” 5 Stars - Discovert992017

“What a night !!” 5 Stars - footyPaignton. The show was brilliant, from start to end, excellent performance by all the cast.

“Magic of the Stars show” 5 Stars - Steve0116 Wow! What a performance...this show was fabulous from beginning to end! Couldn't take my eyes off it for a second! The cast were all amazing.

“Visit while on break” 5 Stars - Rita D A wonderful show. We all laughed all the way through.

“Magic of The Stars” 5 Stars – Amanda B I would highly recommend anyone visiting or living in The Bay to see this show.

“Magic Of The Stars Show" = Magic of our local entertainers "WOW"!” By far one of the best shows I have seen at the Babbacombe Theatre, a very strong show not one weak performance. Good selection of comedy, song, dance and magic something for everyone, this is a "Must" go to show for anyone on holiday to the bay and for the locals.

 

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