Review: Copacabana at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Youngsters queue at the Kings to audition for a previous production, Cinderella

Panto auditions for young dancers to be held at Kings Theatre

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After being told there were no programmes because of problems with printing and then a near-20 minute delay in the start time, the curtain was finally raised for the opening night of Copacabana, the musical based on Barry Manilow’s famous song.

Starting with that song, ex-S Club 7 singer Jon Lee, who played character Stephen, set the bar high with his stunning vocals.

With his singing background this was nothing less than expected. But unfortunately much of the rest of the performance fell flat.

Throughout both acts it was difficult to hear the actors’ lines and harmonising vocals – although performed beautifully – were drowned out by the band.

They would normally be sat below the first tier, but were situated at the back of the stage.

The costumes were dazzling and included as much sparkle as possible.

I particularly enjoyed the headpieces the Copacabana girls were wearing.

Lead female actor Jennifer Harding, who played Lola, gave an excellent vocal performance.

It was just a shame that this was let down by what appeared to be first night nerves from the other cast members.

Until Saturday.