Lift Musical London is showing at the Southwark Playhouse for a limited so I popped along to review it on its opening night.
Now that the theatre is well and truly back it’s exciting to see some of the smaller theatre productions coming out. If you love London, musicals and X factor you are in for a treat with this one! Lift the musical has made a come back to the Southwark playhouse which is a smaller more intimate theatre in between london Borough and Elephant and Castle.
Lift Musical London, how long are you really in a lift for? Is it one minute too long? A waste of your life or time to contemplate?
Lift Musical Storyline
Lift the musical is a production by Gartland Productions and is having a new run back in London after it once premiered in 2013.
The storyline centres around a Covent Garden busker who’s daily travels take him in the lift to play his guitar in James street.
I loved the idea behind the story line from Lift the musical. 8 people in a lift sharing their life for one minute in time accompanied by a busker ( the main character in the story)
Every day he joins the lift sometimes with the same people a bit like Groundhog Day. There is the lady who always smiles and pops a coin in his hat, the busy business man and the stressed out dumped girlfriend.
He imagines what their lives may be like and who they really are. Do they know each other and do they even realise that they see each other everyday?
The set of Lift the Musical
The scene is set in a in Covent Garden’s London Underground station, in the lift in-fact. Which is a great place to be set after all Covent Garden is one the most central stations in London.
The iconic lifts are the most used lifts of any underground railway station in london. I mean god forbid you take the stairs all 193 of them! ( yes I have done it )
The cast of Lift Musical
Leading the company of Lift is X Factor finalist Luke Friend who fits the bill perfectly. He is a complete natural and looks confident on the stage. He is joined by West End star Hiba Elchikhe. Who has been in a varity of other musicals such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The cast of Lift the musical include;
- Luke Friend the Busker
- Hiba Elchikhe plays the role of Secretary.
- Kayleigh McKnight who plays the role of the French teacher.
- Jordan Broatch plays the role of Avatar
- Marco Titus playing the role of the business man
- Cameron Collins plays the Ballet Dancer
- Tamara Morgan plays the role of the Lap Dancer
- Chrissie Bhima plays the role of Avatar
My thoughts on Lift the Musical
So what did I think of Lift? First off the cast were fabulous entertaining, engaging and extremely talented.
The set was cool simple and eye catching with tubular lights with almost a gaming tech feel.
The sound of the underground resonates in the background with the rumbling of trains and the please mind the doors anouncements.
The music was upbeat and what you would typically expect of a well composed musical line. Catchy and with snippets repeated throughout to keep you engaged with a few ballads thrown in for good measure too.
The storyline did however leave me a little confused it was clearly a figment of the buskers imagination ( or was it? ) perhaps that is the point? It could be a little hard to to understand at times with characters playing other characters with the same name and their lives almost entwined.
I did however soon get the hang of it and I loved the diversity of the characters and the interesting lives they had or maybe didn’t have?
At one point some characters played avatars speaking for the lives of two others hiding online. This was particularly funny and a bit of an insight in to how people interact now in the age of 2022.
At times Lift the musical was laugh out loud funny and almost definitely rude the sort or rude that you think you maybe shouldn’t laugh to.
There was some fabulous dancing especially from Cameron as well as some great choreography that kept your eyes moving across the stage.
I did love the finale the final Covent Garden Lift scene which pretty much rounded up the craziness of it all.
Here is where you realise we all think too much! Just how much passes through our brains in 1 min or even 54 seconds even in a lift?
Can we make the most important decisions of the day in a lift? Can we decide to give up the day job? Tell our parents a life long secret or finally succumb to grief. You need to watch Lift the musical to find out.
Who’s knows maybe we all need that 1 minute or 54 seconds in a lift at Covent Garden. In fact the next time I am there I may well be contemplating myself.
When is Lift the musical showing until?
Lift the musical is showing at the Southwark Playhouse until the 18th of June 2022.
Where to sit at the Southwark playhouse
The playhouse is a compact theatre with up to only 5 rows on 3 sides. You will get a pretty good view wherever you sit.
Who does Lift the musical appeal to?
Lift the musical would appeal to any musical theatre lover, trendy people and definitely the millennial.
Is Lift the musical suitable for children ?
Lift the musical is not suitable for children due to the use of some swearing and sexual references.
Where to eat near Lift the musical ?
Want to eat near Southwark Playhouse? Head over to Mercato Metropolitano the outdoor street food market for a variety of different food cuisines, cocktails and home brewed beer.
Please note I was kindly invited to the press event all thoughts and opinions are my own