If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should…even if I do say so myself!), you’ll know that earlier this week; specifically on #InternationalHappinessDay, the Grand Opera House York reached out to me about a musical that was currently on at their theatre. They very kindly *gifted* me two tickets “with my name on them” to bring some happiness to my day, and let’s be honest this has made my year!
The tickets were to see Club Tropicana The Musical on the 21st March. I’d seen this musical advertised and read about it in the ATG catalogue I’d been delivered last month, so I already knew there was some famous faces starring in it and the music was from the 80s. With this, I knew mum would be the perfect theatre partner, because she loves the 70s and 80s. We got an even bigger shock when I picked up my tickets at the box office on the night of the show, to find out we were going to be sat in one of the ‘boxes’. Mum’s initial expression was ‘I aren’t fancy enough to be sat in a box’! But, we both ran out like little excitable children!
The musical is based on the book by Michael Gyngell, where the bride and groom get cold feet at their wedding, and both decide to jet off to Club Tropicana with their separate groups of friends, not realising they’ve booked into the same hotel. The hotel which is currently in fear of a possible hotel inspection!
Lots of famous faces too!
There are lots of familiar faces including X’Factor’s Joe McElderry who plays the eccentric Garry, and Neil Dermott from Eastenders and Sugababes, Ameele Berrabah, who play Robert and Serena the hotel managers. The side-splitting Kate Robbins, had everyone nearly wee’ing with laughter playing Consuela…”I have sign”; honestly left me in stitches. I only realised when I got home that this is I’m A Celeb’s Emily Atack’s mum…now I see where she gets her hilariousness from! The whole cast’s passion for what they do, shone through throughout the whole performance, and left everyone with beaming smiles on their faces.
The costumes and set was also amazing, everything fitting with the 80’s tropical summer scene. The big hair, and even bigger phones, short-shorts, and all the bright colours of course. Diego Pitarch, you did SO good.
…with all those 80s smash hits
The soundtrack includes all those familiar 80s smash hits like ‘Take On Me’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, ‘Making Your Mind Up’, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ and many more! Songs everyone knows, whether you were around in the 80s or not (like me!). The music had everyone up on their feet dancing, and bopping throughout to all the songs.
I asked mum to describe Club Tropicana in 3 short sentences, she’s a woman of few words so I wanted more than “it was really good” from her! This included; ‘near the mark, and really funny’, ‘humerous’, ‘fun audience involvement’. She enjoyed it more than she thought she would, so it’s a huge thumbs up from mum too!
I’ve seen a fair few musicals (self-confessed musical geek ok…), but Club Tropicana is definitely up there as one of my new favourites . I’ve spent the past 4 days since humming and busting out the moves around the house to all the songs, it’s got me feeling all those summer vibes.
I just want to say a last huge thank you to York Grand Opera House for the tickets, it was an amazing night, and much needed whilst I’m drowning in uni work! Oh, and another huge thank you to the lovely lady (Rachel), who contacted me and also popped in during the interval to introduce herself and ask how we were finding it.
I definitely recommend going to see Club Tropicana The Musical if it’s touring near you. Sadly, yesterday was the last performance in York but it is travelling across the country until August so be sure to get yourselves some tickets for performance near you.
What other musicals do you recommend?
*(#AD-Gifted) This is not paid adversarial or sponsored – all opinions are honest and my own. However, I was very kindly invited to attend Club Tropicana The Musical by a lovely lady at York Grand Opera House for #InternationalHappinessDay, but there was no expectation for me to post about the event or the musical itself.
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