WHAT THE PAPERS SAY-
SUPERSTARS *****HERALD EXPRESS - REVIEWER, PAUL LEVIE
Just as the Tokyo Olympics were put on hold for a year, so too was this Babbacombe blockbuster.
And just as the Tokyo Olympics turned out more stunning than ever - with world records being smashed in every sport - so too was this sparkling Superstars 2021 version.And with gold medal performances all round, the stars showed us that even after the pandemic, life can go on bigger, brighter and better than before.
Built around the amazing multi-talented Steve Laister, along with four vocalists at the top of their game, and a stunning six-strong dance troupe, this was live variety at its very best.
Steve has appeared in theatres and cruise ships around the world with his quick-fire gags, superb impressions and hilarious observational stories – most of which he writes himself. But not many people know that he has also piloted an original TV game show and has just finished writing a six-part sitcom based on his own life.
He had the audience in stitches throughout the show and weaved the backdrop for all the other performances. He is truly a master of his craft.
Babbacombe favourites Lindsey Collard and Sami-Jane Slater showed once again that they can produce the goods as both soloists and as part of a team.Sami-Jane’s outstanding voice lends itself to just about every kind of music – from pulsating pop to haunting melodies – all delivered with pitch-perfect precision and infectious enthusiasm. None more so than The Power of Love and Nut Bush City Limits.
Her co-star Lindsey Collard has more of a musical theatre background, but can still belt out timeless favourites with the best of them. Watch out for her ‘Burlesque’ routine with the fabulous Danze Chique.
Providing the beefcake (and they’re not afraid to show it!) are vocalists Paul Cobley and Wayne Martin – both Babbacombe veterans but with the remarkable ability to keep coming up with new and surprising material. Look out for Wayne’s ‘Angels’ and Paul’s fabulous duo with Lindsay of ‘Up Where We Belong’
In fact, the hits just keep on coming throughout a two-hour show that literally flies by – my own favourite being a wonderful interpretation of Lord of the Dance.
The non-stop pace of the show is maintained largely due to the dancers of Danze Chique who must have broken a few records for quick costume changes. But their poise and perfection never dropped an inch. However, the pacing of the show also owed much to Steve Laister who appeared between virtually all the musical numbers to leave the audience howling for more.
Once again producer-director Colin Matthews, along with choreographer Wesley Waring have got their winning recipe absolutely on the button, bringing the very best out of a truly talented cast.
Forget the Olympics – we’ve got some superstars of our own.
SUPERSTARS 2021. TORBAY WEEKLY. Reviewer Kathy Uglow
This all-new seasonal show at Babbacombe Theatre has the perfect blend of comedy, song and dance to treat audiences to a spectacle of sheer razzamatazz.
SuperStars sparkles from start to finish with gorgeous costumes, fine singers, great choreography and plenty of chuckles in the mix.
Despite setbacks due to the pandemic, this little local theatre has pulled out all the stops to ensure it offers a real tonic with entertainment that will guarantee to lift your spirits.
The production team has jumped through hoops and overcame obstacles to retain their youngest performers – Kidz & Co - and when encountering unexpected cast changes, they ensured talented replacements who more than fit the bill.
As they say, “the show must go on”, and it certainly did with gusto. The cast’s energy was truly infectious and the audience was swept along with plenty of arm-waving, singing and even whistling to keep everyone engaged.
Compere Steve Laister kept the pace with his slick comedy capers and teamed up perfectly with Paul Cobley and Wayne Martin in a number of sketches which had many of the audience crying tears of laughter.
Providing the “aah factor” were young rising stars Lacey Stevens, Lola Gay and Natalia Everett, who made up the blue team of Kidz & Co.Their undaunted performance of A Million Dreams, from the popular musical The Greatest Showman, showed real courage and revealed beautiful voices.
If you’re looking for a glittering, star-spangled night out at the theatre, be sure to catch SuperStars at the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay.
SIMPLY the BEST .. MID DEVON ADVERTISER. REVIEWER; Rose Howes. 2020
“SIMPLY the Best”, belted out by a certain Tina Turner back in 1989, the same can certainly be said of Babbacombe Theatre’s current show SuperStars – an eclectic mix of extraordinary entertainment fronted by the comedy genius of Steve Laister.
Now I am slightly biased, as I love the variety of the Babbacombe shows but I can honestly say this is one of the best shows I’ve seen at the venue.
The singing is superb, the dancers are captivating, and the comedy is hilarious. Don’t expect to sit still should you venture out to catch the show – audience participation is encouraged – and you can’t help but sing along to the varying repertoire of songs both old and new, from stage and screen.
Steve Laister takes you on a roller coaster of laughter his stories will have you crying with laughter, and Paul Cobley also stretches his comedic muscles and the results are hilarious.
Danze Chique were as graceful and elegant as ever – boy can those girls move, in a selection of stunning costumes that provided a riot of dazzling colour.
As always there is a young element featured in the show, Kidz & Co. They all behaved professionally and had a great stage presence. Personally, I would have been scared stiff in front of a packed audience, but they took it all in their stride.
As always, I was accompanied by my mother and daughter, a good way to get a complete generational view. Daughter Megan said It was, “the best show she had seen at Babbacombe”, and mother claimed, “the shows get better every year”.
A Super Evening with the Stars, SuperStars has it all! LIFE CARE RADIO - REVIEWER John Cavie
This variety show flows seamlessly with one performance segueing effortlessly into the next, helped in no small part by the comic timing, charisma and energy of Steve Laister. The singers showed incredible versatility, especially Holly Cosgrove whose vocal range is impressive. Lindsay Collard also demonstrated considerable vocal talent. It can be tricky for vocalists to be able to combine their talents with comedy, but Wayne Martin and Paul Cobley did just that causing much hilarity among the audience.
Special mention should be given too to Kidz and Co – these little ones sang beautifully and were well rehearsed giving the show an added charm.
For a small cast, the showcase of dancing, singing and comic performance was really polished, and I can tell you, the show is called SuperStars for a reason – definitely a feel good night out.
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