The songs of George and Ira Gershwin attached to a boy-meets-girl plot should be a recipe for success.
South Downe Musical Society don’t quite carry it off, though, in their production at the Kings Theatre this week.
What’s missing is certainly not vocal power.
Both Helen Stoddart and Steve Reading are on better than fine form in the leading roles and there’s belting vocal work elsewhere too – from Rachel Potts and Matt Sackman amongst others.
Stoddart and Reading act well, too – although Reading is just too old for the juvenile lead.
Sara Harkness gives a brilliant little gem of a performance in the Margaret Rutherford vein.
The dance routines and set-pieces are all performed efficiently. However, they lack the conviction and pizzazz to be truly effective.
Alan Pring’s band do justice to those Gershwin melodies and they alone are worth the ticket money.