Review: Carnaby Street The Musical at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Carnaby Street. Photo by Robert Workman.
Carnaby Street. Photo by Robert Workman.
Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

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It’s 1963 and everyone is rocking out, wearing the latest fashions and being far out – Carnaby Street The Musical has swung into the Mayflower Theatre with its Sixties vibe.

Two Liverpudlians head down to the big smoke to try and make it big. Jude (Jonny Bower) is desperate for fame and fortune.

Based on writer Carl Leighton-Pope’s experiences of the music industry, the 60s come alive with hit after hit. Songs like Sweets for My Sweet get the audience dancing.

The set constantly changes, as do the costumes; classic Mod targets, colourful lights and Union Jacks adorn the stage.

Amie Atkinson, who plays Penny, stands out with powerful vocals. The live band on stage throughout the performance is a nice added touch.

At times it falls flat due to a slightly flimsy plot, but it has a certain charm that has everyone out of their seat and dancing during the second half.

Get ready to twist and shout in the big finale. Until Saturday.