REVIEW | Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical is a joyous celebration of the legendary Dr Seuss. With a spectacular score and a range of whacky but wonderful characters, Suessical amalgamates Seuss’ most loved stories and the result is a gloriously over-the-top yet endearing story. Undertones of bullying, exclusion, loneliness and friendship mean that this musical has a spectacular ability to strike a cord with all generations, making it the perfect pick for families this Christmas.

The music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens are what I fell in love with many moons ago when I was first introduced to this show. A beautiful exemplification of ‘page to stage’, Seussical is almost solely narrated through its uplifting and cohesive score. The multifaceted set by Justin Williams and Jonny Rust though simple creates a multitude of levels and spaces which when combined with innovative lighting by Ben Jacobs makes the small space feel vast and the production fast paced and versatile.

Leading the cast in this gorgeous production is the equally gorgeous Cat in the Hat played exquisitely by Marc Pickering. Pickering is impressively versatile in this ever changing role and whenever he’s in sight he demands the audiences attention. His guise never falters and his characterisation is utterly hysterical – a complete joy to watch. Alongside him the ever incredible Scott Paige is wonderfully endearing as Horton the Elephant, Amy Perry captures the hearts of the audience as Gertrude McFuzz and Anna Barnes plays young JoJo with great conviction. There is no weak link in this incredibly strong cast and each member impresses with their uniqueness and passion. The energy and enthusiasm is palpable from the second this production bursts into life and together the cast tell this tale remarkably well. Crisp, innovative choreography by Chris Whittaker combined with constant interaction with the audience make the production particularly engaging.

Seussical the Musical is a beautifully crafted piece that reminds us to ‘dream as far as you dare’ because after all, ‘a person’s a person no matter how small’. Not only is this show immensely fun and uplifting but beneath the raucous, over-the-top surface lies an important message. This is not just a musical for children, it is a musical that can resonate with every generation and this particular production portrays that with spectacular beauty. I left the theatre with a full heart and a ginormous smile on my face. I highly recommend.

Seussical the Musical will be at the Southwark Playhouse until 29th December 2018. For tickets and info click here!

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*Production Images by Adam Trigg

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