Sunday, 27 May 2012

music makes the people come together

Reviews are pouring in for Touched...Like a Virgin, which runs for another couple of weeks at the Soho Theatre. Here's what they're saying about the music:

'a collection of singing postcards - the script jumps between 1984 and 2010, and each vignette in the life of monologist Lesley is paired with a Madonna track. [...] David Wickenden - better known as one quarter of 4 Poofs and a Piano - croons Like a Prayer and Hung Up in the basement venue of Soho Theatre like a born cabaret performer. With glittering silver shoes he purrs into the mic, doling out a wink here, a smile there. Ben Osborn’s stripped-down arrangements of the songs we know and love also deserve a mention.'
The Stage

'The thread which holds the story together is the music of Madonna, provided brilliantly by Ben Osborn on piano and guitar and Dave Wickenden on vocals who, with a twinkle in his eye and sparkles on his shoes, invests Madonna’s greatest hits with a warmth and touch of camp which is both charming and funny.'
The Public Reviews (****)

'The story is underscored by songs from Madonna's back catalogue as sung by David Wickenden (4 Poofs and a Piano), ably accompanied on piano and guitar by Ben Osborn.'
What's On Stage (****)

'A black piano has overtaken the small stage space as David Wickenden (who you may know from 4 Poofs and a Piano, a singing quartet that appeared regularly on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) sings portions of the Immaculate Collection, which accurately coincide with Lesley’s story. His rendition of “Justify My Love” just about threw me over the edge with laughter. Musician Ben Osborn seamlessly switches from piano to guitar to vocal back up, completing the three-person ensemble.'

The Telegraph also gave us four stars, as did the Mirror.

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