There’s nothing we Brits like more than any kind of music – just look at the success of shows like The Voice, X-Factor, Pop Idol and Britain’s Got Talent.

But staring at a box in the corner is nothing like the Real Thing – a night at the theatre with top talent and glitzy glamour.

And the latest offering from Colin Matthew and the gang at the Babbacombe Theatre is live performance with a capital P.

What’s more, you don’t have to put up with all that yakkety-yak from Simon Cowell and David Walliams.

Five guys and five gals make up a terrific troupe who can belt out show-stoppers from Adele and Paloma Faith to Abba and Take That.

And when one of those guys is comic compere Andy Oakley there’s more than a smattering of smiles to lighten the mood.

And what’s more, after 40 years in the business Andy showed he has more than a fine singing voice himself.

First the girls:  Jodie Cooper – the only foreigner to get through to the finals of Chinese Idol in front of an audience of a billion!  Sami-Jane Slater who has become a huge Babbacombe favourite since her 2017 debut in Legends of the West End and recently got 4 yes’s on BGT.

Holly Cosgrove, whose rendition of Skyfall gave Adele a run for her money.  Lisa T Jordan, another Babbacombe favourite whose talent took her to the position of Entertainments Manager on P & O Cruises.

And finally Torbay’s own Hollywood superstar Lily Laight.

The chaps may not have matched them in the glamour stakes but vocally they were superb.

Paul Cobley and Wayne Martin gave a fabulous version of The Proclaimers  ‘500 miles’ while Barry Elmer and Josh Cousins are home-grown crooners with bags of talent.

Put them all together and you get a non-stop barrage of pop and ballads, show songs and rock classics.  The Matthews touch of genius is that they all become each other’s dancers, backing singers, and harmonies.

From slick start to fabulous finale this show rocks.  And the appreciative audience joined in with many of the songs.

But just in case you think it was all about the music, I’ll leave you with one of Andy’s gags.

‘Do you realise’, he said, ‘that if the two blokes in ABBA had been Steve and Dave, the group would have been called ASDA’.  Boom boom!

Review by the Marketing Consultant, A. Blackham for DEVON TOP ATTRACTIONS, 

I ♥ Music is really fantastic and totally exceeded all expectations I had.

I saw Andy Oakley some years ago and thought he was great then; he is a super comedian and a great entertainer. As for the singers, wow, what talent you have in the show. I was bowled over by the Skyfall, Adele song and so many of the others it’s hard to single anyone out. The show is a complete night of excellent entertainment and the audience all enjoyed it.  

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