Can-Can The Musical @ Union Theatre*

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Tickets and more information:
Booking until: 9th March 2019
Production Photos by: Scott Rylander
Run time: 2hr 15mins

Can-Can the musical is set in nineteenth century Paris and follows Christian, heir to a huge fortune from his banker father, and Jane, an actress who is the toast of the Paris stage, and their relationship. When Jane leaves her theatre troupe to live with Christian and earn his father’s approval, she wonders if she made the right decision.

Can-Can! Poster Image 2

While the cast is made up of a really great ensemble, I have to say the stand out performer in the show is Kathy Peacock as Jane. She has the charm and grace of a young Judy Garland and the piece dulled when she wasn’t on stage. The music by Offenbach and his contemporaries is luscious and is fitting with the time period. Adam Haigh’s gorgeous choreography is a real highlight of the show and the slow moving dance breaks were beautiful.

CAN-CAN! Girls by Scott Rylander

However, the plot was a bit all over the place. I thought the storyline at the beginning with Jane’s troupe was really interesting, but then it seemed like it failed to maintain purpose towards the end. There were a couple of additional plot lines that seemed to come out of nowhere, without any set up. I felt these really dragged out the piece and made me begin to lose interest towards the end. That being said, Can-Can is worth checking out for the incredible choreography and witness future leading lady Kathy Peacock flourish.

Until next time,


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