REVIEW: Stand By Me at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

`Stand by Me '“ a revue featuring the songs of Ben E King and The Drifters', another tribute band to review, I thought. But I got a pleasant surprise at the Kings Theatre.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 2:12 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:04 am
The Drifters in 1957

This is a fast-paced musical which takes you from the Drifters beginnings in the early fifties, through their various line-ups, trials and tribulations (including the draft, and being arrested as bank robbers), up to their induction in the `Hall of Fame’ in the eighties.

The show has unseen narration, and cleverly blends The Drifters classics like – Under the Boardwalk, There goes my first love and Up on the Roof, with music from the various decades the show travels through.

A simple stage set allowed the cast to focus on the Drifters’ trade mark close harmonies, and the four leads did this to perfection.

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Whether solo or in harmony, their singing was fabulous.

Supported by a first-class band, they had the Kings Theatre audience on its feet and singing along – me included!

JULIE RICH