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Review from the Edinburgh Evening News

Wednesday 27th September 2000

Showcase spice up song night with Pepper tribute

100 Years of Song

Church Hill Theatre

Having already raised over 70,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief in the last decade, Showcase celebrate their tenth anniversary this week with five nights of classic song and dance from the last century.

Opening with a lively section in homage to Rodgers and Hammerstein, the indubitable talents of the cast were immediately unveiled – the children oozing talent and sugary sweetness for Do-Re-Mi, and the men delivering the South Pacific classic Nothing Like a Dame with all the required gusto.

Having moved on to the Beatles via Cole Porter, the superb costumes, set design, choreography and raw performing talent converged when the Sergeant Pepper album cover was reproduced with the same degree of excellence and imagination as the rousing Hey Jude.

The final section of the show featured a song from each decade of the 20th century, and as the satisfied audience left with There’s No Business Like Show Business ringing in their ears, Showcase could celebrate another successful night.


NODA News - Eddie Cran Reports

SHOWCASE "100 Years of Song" 26-30 September 2000

Director: Andy Johnston - Musical Director: David McFarlane -Choreographer: Louise Williamson

One can always depend on a really first class entertaining evening from this well established talented Company. This year was no exception with a super selection of songs from Rogers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Lennon & McCartney, Lloyd Webber, George Coghen (sic), and ending with "Headliners" highlights. The strength and depth of talent in this company is quite apparent, and this fact leaves no room in this report to mention all of the many soloists/duettists. However, I hope I might be allowed to mention the super presentation of "Yesterday", excellently sung with feeling by Fiona MacFarlane; also the distinctive tonal quality of the voice of Susan Galloway in "True Love" with Robert Walker, and in "Pie Jesu" with Claire Hamilton. I do wish I could mention more of the cast individually, but it’s difficult to do so in about 150 words (Regional Reps. Quota). Direction, choreography, costumes, lighting and staging all combined well to produce a show of real, sustained quality.

Showcase can be proud of their efforts.


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